Any matter referred to an agency to deal with may be monitored by us. Depending on the seriousness and complexity of the matter, we can adjust our level of monitoring.
There are three reasons why we refer allegations to agencies to investigate:
The Crime and Corruption Act 2001 (the CCC’s governing legislation), states that action to prevent and deal with corruption in an agency should generally happen within the agency. This is known as the “devolution principle”.
In the Queensland public sector, chief executive officers (CEOS, including Directors-General and Commissioners) are responsible for setting and maintaining proper standards of conduct for their employees via policies, procedures and the ethical climate they create. In addition, they have ethical standards units and the capacity to conduct internal investigations.
The CCC does not investigate every complaint it receives. The large number of complaints we receive each year means that we cannot investigate them all. We may refer a complaint to another agency for action, including the police, Queensland Ombudsman or the Office of the Independent Assessor.
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