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You are here: Home Corruption prevention Corruption allegations data dashboard Frequently asked questions - Corruption allegations data dashboard
You are here: Home Corruption prevention Corruption allegations data dashboard Frequently asked questions - Corruption allegations data dashboard

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 2018. Every six months, 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.

What materials does the CCC produce to help agencies prevent corrupt conduct?

The CCC has produced a number of resources to help agencies ensure their practices are accountable and ethical. These resources can be found under corruption prevention.

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.

Have the outcomes of these allegations been provided?

No, at this stage the dashboard only provides information on allegations the CCC receives before they have 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. Allegations, while unsubstantiated, may nonetheless provide a useful barometer of corrupt conduct.

To learn more about how the CCC handles allegations it receives, including how allegations the CCC receives are assessed, allocated and monitored, see the Devolution Principle.

I want to know what the corruption risks are in the geographic region/location I live in. Can I do that?

The dashboard does not provide any visualisation for geographic location, because doing so may enable a person to identify an individual who is the subject of an allegation, or an individual who lodged a complaint. However, if you want specific information about alleged conduct in a given location, you may request data from the CCC by contacting us on [email protected] or (07) 3360 6060 (asking for a member of the Policy and Research division). In making a decision about each specific request, the CCC will determine whether the data is potentially identifiable.

What timeframe does the corruption allegation data cover?

The data is for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018.

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.

I want more detailed information about corruption allegations than the dashboard provides. Where can I find that information?

Please contact the CCC with your data request: on [email protected] or (07) 3360 6060 (asking for a member of the Policy and Research division).

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 3 year 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 quarter in which the allegation was received by the CCC (bottom left line graph).

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.

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.

Does the CCC Corruption Allegations Data Dashboard reflect the 2017 machinery of government changes?

Because of the 2017 machinery of government (MOG) changes, the data were prepared to reflect the establishment and abolishment of departments, and capture any departmental name changes (a summary of the 2017 MOG changes can be found here). This means that, for the same work unit, older allegations may be captured under now abolished departments, and newer allegations may be captured under recently established departments. For example, prior to 21 December 2017, Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) was part of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG). Following the 2017 MOG changes, QCS became a separate department. In terms of reporting, this means allegations relating to QCS from before 21 December 2017 are captured in data for DJAG, and allegations relating to QCS from 21 December 2017 onwards are captured in data for QCS.

The information below shows how the 2017 machinery of government changes are coded in the corruption allegations data.

Abolished departments which only have allegations pre 12 December 2017

Department of Energy and Water Supply

Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation

Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

New departments which only have allegations from 12 December 2017 onwards

Queensland Corrective Services (from 21 December 2017)

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Renamed departments have allegations across the full three-year period

Name pre 12 December 2017

Name from 12 December 2017 onwards

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability

Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Department of Education and Training

Department of Education

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Department of Environment and Science

Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs

Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Department of State Development

Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games

Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games

How are machinery of government (MOG) changes displayed on the Corruption Allegation Data Dashboard?

The CCC’s allegations data is grouped and presented as monthly quarters. Because of this, the MOG changes are represented in the data as coming into effect at 31 December 2017 rather than 12 December 2017 (or 21 December 2017 in Queensland Corrective Services’ case). This means the distinction between allegations before and after the MOG changes is only approximate.

Last updated: 17 September 2018

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