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Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988 (NSW) - Level 1

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An Act to constitute the Independent Commission Against Corruption in NSW (the Commission) and define its functions.

The principal objects of this Act are‚Ä"
(a) to promote the integrity and accountability of public administration by constituting an Independent Commission Against Corruption as an independent and accountable body‚Ä"
(i) to investigate, expose and prevent corruption involving or affecting public authorities and public officials, and
(ii) to educate public authorities, public officials and members of the public about corruption and its detrimental effects on public administration and on the community, and
(b) to confer on the Commission special powers to inquire into allegations of corruption.

Under the Act, certain persons have a duty to report corrupt conduct to the Commission (Ombudsman, Commissioner of Police, principal officer of a public authority, an officer who constitutes a public authority, Minister of the Crown). The University, as a public authority, is within the jurisdiction of the Commission and the Vice-Chancellor has the duty to report corrupt conduct to the Commission. ICAC has powers to investigate allegations of corruption in University operations. Essentially, offences under the act are in the realm of obstructing justice (destroying evidence, failure to produce documents, provision of misleading evidence, hindering the conduct of an investigation, bribery of witnesses, procuring false testimony). Further, the Act prohibits the University as an employer from dismissing or disciplining an employee on account of assistance to the Commission.