Australia (ICAC, NSW)


New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (NSW ICAC)



The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) was established by the NSW Parliament in March 1989. The Commission is a public authority, but is independent of the government of the day. It is accountable to the people of NSW through the NSW Parliament.

Relevant legislation:

 Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988



The ICAC is divided into an executive unit and four main divisions: Investigation Division, Corruption Prevention, Education and Research Division, Corporate Services Division, and Legal Division. There are also two separate units; the Assessments Units and the Communications and Media Unit. The executive team comprises the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and the executive directors of the four divisions.

Regional offices:


Number of staff:

151 (7 Senior Executive Service, permanent 117, temporary 26, casual 1) as of June 2015

Head of organization:

Commissioner The Hon Megan Latham

The Commissioner of the ICAC is appointed by the Governor of the State of NSW, and shall hold office for terms not exceeding 5 years.

Annual budget:

AUD$29,575,000 (2014/15)

Major functions:

The ICAC investigates and exposes corrupt conduct in the NSW public sector (except the NSW Police Force). The Commission has extensive coercive powers that are utilized to investigate allegations of serious and systemic corrupt conduct. The Commission may conduct hearings in public or in private to obtain evidence of corruption.

The ICAC works to prevent corruption by providing advice, information, resources and training to public sector organizations to remedy existing or potential corruption problems. It also helps organizations to identify and deal with significant corruption risks.



Ms Michele Smith
Personal Assistant to the Commissioner
New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption
Level 21, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000
Tel: +61-2-8281 5701
Fax: +61-2-9264 5364

Source: Annual Report 2014-15 of the NSW ICAC
Last updated on 12 July 2016. 


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