The federal attorney-general has announced all commonwealth entities will be subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 to tackle corrupt conduct in government.
Mark Dreyfus said this reform would complement the new National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), to match anti-corruption measures with existing safeguards against fraud in the APS, The Mandarin's Melissa Coade reports.
“This is the single biggest reform to the commonwealth integrity framework in decades,” Dreyfus said of the NAAC.
“The silver lining in the commonwealth being the last Australian jurisdiction to act is that it has allowed us to look at the last 30 years of these anti-corruption commissions at the state and territory level and ensure we take the best features of all of them, and get the balance right.”
“Whether it is our schools, hospitals and healthcare system, courts or welfare system — public trust in these institutions is critical to their ability to successfully deliver these vital services,” he said.
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