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You are here: Home Investigating corruption What the CCC investigates

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
  • universities
  • local governments
  • courts, tribunals and boards (including jurisdiction over judicial officers acting as members of decision-making bodies in UPAs)
  • prisons
  • 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.

    See also: What the CCC does not investigate, Reporting suspected corrupt conduct to the CCC


          Last updated: 07 October 2015

          Police officers

          The Queensland Police Service is a unit of public administration for the purpose of the Act, accordingly police officers are not only subject to the corrupt conduct jurisdiction but also police misconduct, reflecting the high standards expected of them. Read more about police misconduct and how to make a complaint about police

            Elected officials

            The performance of the official duties of a person elected to office could not amount to corrupt conduct unless the conduct would, if proven, amount to a criminal offence.

            Government-owned corporations

            Concerns about government-owned corporations (GOC) need to be reported directly from a member of the public to the GOC in the first instance.  The CCC only accepts complaints about GOCs from the chief executive officer of the GOC or when the Director-General from the Department of Treasury notifies the CCC that there are reasonable grounds to suspect corrupt conduct (under s. 156 of the Government Owned Corporations Act 1993).

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