Corruption in Australia

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This article discusses Corruption in Australia, in both private sector and public sectors.

Rankings and research[edit]

Corruption in Australia is relatively uncommon when compared to other nations worldwide. Transparency International's 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index ranks the country 13th place out of 176 countries.[1]

Public sector corruption in Australia is similar to that in other developed nations like Canada and Norway as of 2014. However, according to this same index, corruption perception is increasing in Australia. In the 2015 Index Australia ranked 13th, dropping six positions since 2012.[2][3]

The phenomenon has also been studied by the Australian National University, which produced a report called Perceptions of Corruption and Ethical Conduct (2012), which concluded: "there is a widespread perception that corruption in Australia has increased" and that "the media, trade unions and political parties were seen as Australia's most corrupt institutions.[4]

Research published in 2015 by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand found government and private firms in Australia and nearby New Zealand both display widespread "complacent" attitudes about corruption, particularly in regards to companies bidding for government contracts.[5]

In January 2018, a discussion paper published by the Australia Institute, suggested that the trust in the Australian government is at a historical low, which could have reduced the GDP by as much as 4% or $72.3 billion.[3]

A report by Australian Public Service Commission's released in 2018, stated that investigations were conducted in only 0.3% of the workforce, meaning a total of 596 employees.[6]


Australia has a strong record of global, regional and domestic action to prevent and expose corrupt activity. These include the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group, APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group and the United Nations Convention against Corruption Working Groups.[7]

Most Australians regard the acceptance of luxury gifts by Australian politicians to be a form of corruption through bribery.[8]

See Also[edit]


  1. ^ Jennings, Andrew (13 December 2012). "Ranking doesn't change foreign bribery facts". Lawyers Weekly. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Australia continues slide down International Corruption Index, perceived as 'more corrupt'". Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Aulby, Hannah (January 2018). "The cost of corruption". Archived from the original (PDF) on February 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  4. ^ Creagh, Sunanda (5 November 2012). "Media, unions and political parties seen as Australia's most corrupt institutions". The Conversation. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  5. ^ Lannin, Sue. Australian firms too 'complacent' about corruption, 17 September 2015; accessed 16 May 2016
  6. ^ Commission, Australian Public Service (8 January 2018). "APS Values and the Code of Conduct · State of the Service". State of the Service. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Attorney-General's Department >> Crime and corruption >> Anti-corruption". Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
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