What the CCC investigates
Under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 (CC Act), the CCC investigates reports of corrupt conduct — in particular, more serious or systemic corrupt conduct — affecting Queensland public sector agencies (units of public administration, or UPAs).
Agencies within the CCC's jurisdiction include:
- departments and statutory bodies
- the Queensland Police Service – see also police misconduct
- government-owned corporations
- local governments
- courts, tribunals and boards (including jurisdiction over judicial officers acting as members of decision-making bodies in UPAs)
- state and local politicians (only where the corrupt conduct would, if proven, amount to a criminal offence).
As well as investigating alleged corrupt conduct by public sector employees, the CCC can investigate any person whose conduct adversely affects the performance of a public agency or public official and satisfies the definition of corrupt conduct.
How the CCC becomes aware of suspected corrupt conduct or police misconduct
Much of the information about suspected corrupt conduct or police misconduct received by the CCC comes from members of the public and from public officials. This includes CEOs of public agencies who are obliged to report any suspected corrupt conduct occurring within their organisations.
Information also comes through routine audits by the CCC, media articles, Crime Stoppers and the CCC’s own intelligence activities or sources. Matters can also be referred through legal proceedings, the Coroner or a public inquiry.