Investigation Process

a. Assessment

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (“ICAC”) Assessment of Complaints is a process
that involves receiving complaints, gathering information, conducting assessments, and referring the
matter to the investigation team for full investigation or refer to the relevant agency to investigate.
The Assessment team will notify the complainant the status of the assessment within 3 working

b. Investigation

The Commission may take multiple actions in relation to a complaint, including investigating all or
part of the complaint, deciding to take no further action in relation to all or part of the complaint, or
referring all or part of the matter to another agency or body. The Commission may also exchange
information regarding alleged corrupt conduct with other law enforcement, integrity and regulatory

c. Prosecution

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (“ICAC”) Prosecution is a process that involves the
legal action taken against individuals or organizations that have been found guilty of corrupt
activities. The prosecution process is usually initiated after an investigation has been conducted by
ICAC and sufficient evidence has been gathered to establish a case against the accused. ICAC
Prosecution is an important tool in the fight against corruption. By holding individuals and
organizations accountable for their corrupt activities, the prosecution process helps to deter others
from engaging in similar activities. It also promotes transparency and accountability, and helps to
build public trust in institutions and organizations.



Main powers (OLICAC – Section 53, 99,101) of the Commission;

A. Investigation Powers

  • Search and Enter
  • Interception
  • Summons
  • Hearings

B. Arresting Powers

C. Prosecuting Powers

Who Can ICAC Investigate?
  • Politicians
  • Government Institutions/Agency/Departmental Heads
  • Public Servants
  • Third Parties (including private persons) linked to public officials.
What can ICAC investigate?

ICAC investigates serious corrupt conduct.
Corrupt conduct is conduct that constitutes or involves;

  • Dishonestly exercising official functions
  • Abusing official functions
  • Exercising official functions in a way that is not impartial
  • Misusing information or material acquired in the course of official
    functions; or
  • Obstructing, interfering with or perverting the administration or the
    course of justice.

The commission may also investigate other offenses such as Forgery, Cheating or
Stealing under the Criminal Code or other Laws that fall within the definition of corrupt conduct.

FAQs about Investigation

Who can lodge a complaint to ICAC?

Any person can lodge a complaint including lodging complaints on behalf of another person.

What can you complain about?

Complaints about serious corrupt conduct.

How can a complaint be lodged?

A complaint can be lodged orally or in writing using the following mediums:

a. In-person (face to face);
b. Telephone or mobile.
c. Electronically through email; and
d. Post Mail.

What kinds of complainants are there?
  • Anonymous – An anonymous complainant will provide partial or full details of
    the complaint but will not provide any contact details.
  • Whistle Blower – this person lodges complaints about corrupt conduct
    within their organisations and may only provide a tip off without disclosing
    their full identity.
  • Complainant – Complainant will lodge a complaint with full details disclosed-
    and will importantly provide their full names and contact details and is
    willing to testify in court.