Frequently asked questions - Corruption allegations data dashboard
What is the CCC Corruption Allegations Data Dashboard?
The CCC Corruption Allegations Data Dashboard is a data visualisation tool that allows users to interrogate CCC corruption allegations data. Currently, the dashboard contains allegations received by the CCC from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. Each year, the CCC will refresh the data contained in the dashboard.
What is an allegation?
An “allegation” is an individual instance of alleged corrupt conduct (as defined by the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 (Qld)) recorded in the CCC corruption database. The CCC receives complaints about corrupt conduct from members of the public and public sector agencies. These complaints can comprise multiple allegations (one complaint can include 1-20 allegations). The CCC also generates allegations on its own initiative based on other information.
I am having problems with, or am finding it difficult to interpret, the data dashboard. Who should I contact?
The CCC recommends that you refer to the resources provided in the first instance. A short online tutorial video has been created to assist users understand how to explore the data dashboard. The glossary of terms will assist users to understand key terms used in the dataset. Subsequent queries can be directed to [email protected] or (07) 3360 6060 (asking for a member of the Policy and Research division).
I am a member of the media. Where should my media enquires be directed?
Media enquiries should be directed to [email protected] or (07) 3360 6000.
Some government departments have a lot of allegations. Does this mean they are really bad?
It is important to understand that the allegations have not been assessed or investigated. This means that you cannot make inferences or draw conclusions about the nature of corruption in Queensland or the merit of individual allegations. The dataset reflects suspected corrupt conduct, not proved corrupt conduct. In addition, this is raw data and does not take into consideration the size of the department or the number of people at a certain rank or position. This means that comparisons between departments, ranks or positions cannot be based on this data alone. The CCC has published this data in the interests of transparency and to assist public sector agencies better understand corruption risk.
When I “drill down” into the data, I find that many of the figures and tables show “<5” (i.e. less than 5). How should I interpret this?
The CCC has decided to show numbers less than 5 with the “<5” symbol. Any interpretation of changes or differences in small numbers (e.g. from one month to the next or between two departments) is not advised. Small numbers of allegations could reflect a single incident as well as inflate the magnitude of change. For example, consider the changes from (a) 1 to 2, (b) 100 to 101, and (c) 1000 to 1001. Although all three consist of 1 unit of change, the percentage change depends on their size, (a) 100% increase, (b) 1% increase, and (c) 0.1% increase. As can be seen, the smaller the number, the greater the relative change.
Have the outcomes of these allegations been provided?
No. It is important to understand that the allegations have not been assessed or investigated. This means that you cannot make inferences or draw conclusions about the nature of corruption in Queensland or the merit of individual allegations.
In what timeframe does the corruption allegation data cover?
The data is for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.
What resources are available to help me understand the data dashboard?
A short online tutorial video has been created to assist first-time users understand how to explore the data dashboard. A glossary of terms has also been provided.
I want to explore the CCC’s corruption allegation data myself, with my own software. Where can I get access to the data behind the dashboard?
The data behind the CCC Corruption Allegation Data Dashboard can be downloaded (XLS). It is provided in excel format.
When I first access the data dashboard, without selecting anything, what data am I seeing visualised?
The dashboard starts by displaying the data for all allegations received by the CCC for the 12 month period. The data can then be filtered by selecting any aspect, such as sector (top row), alleged conduct (categories from top left bar graph or types from the bubble configuration), the activity related to the alleged conduct (right bar graph), the Queensland Government Department that the allegation is relevant to (right table), the rank of the police officer that the allegation is about (top centre table), the position within local government that the allegation is about (centre bottom table) or the month in which the allegation was received by the CCC (bottom left bar graph).
I have selected items or “drilled down” into the data. How do I go back or reset?
Data is filtered when an item is selected and unfiltered when that item is selected again. To “drill down” into the data, you can select more than one item and the data will continue to be filtered. To undo or reset the page click on the bottom left hand side buttons that read “undo” and “reset”.
I want to select an item from a table but it has disappeared. What can I do?
The three tables are only relevant to one sector each. Selecting an item (and thus filtering the data) will only reveal information that is relevant. For example, clicking on Public Service Departments reveals the departments table only as Queensland police rank and local government position do not apply. If you cannot see a table then there is no data to display in that table. To see the table select undo or reset until the table reappears.