03 Nov 2017
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
The Territory Labor Government has started a nation-wide search for a new commissioner to head the Territory’s first Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said the government is delivering on its election commitment to restore trust and integrity in government.
“The CLP left a legacy of distrust in government and we promised Territorians at the last election we would rebuild that trust by establishing an ICAC,” she said.
“Attracting the right ICAC Commissioner is critical to the success of the anti-corruption watchdog.
“We’ve built protections into the legislation to make sure we get it right and to ensure Territorians can have faith in their ICAC into the future.
“Any potential ICAC Commissioner has to have either worked as a judge, or have an extensive legal career and they can’t have political affiliations."
The functions of the Commissioner include:
identification and investigation of improper conduct in public administration;
protection of persons who have assisted or may assist in detecting, preventing, investigating or otherwise responding to improper conduct;
preventing, detecting and responding to improper conduct; and
oversight of entities which have been
referred matters by the Commissioner.
This will be a statutory appointment for a five year term commencing early next year.
Legislation to form a strong and independent ICAC was introduced to Parliament in August this year.
Minister Fyles said the ICAC will be powerful enough to seek out and expose corrupt conduct at any level.
“Last month, we introduced a second piece of legislation to Parliament the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Consequential And Related Amendments) Bill," she said.
“These amendments include tough reforms to deter corruption by ensuring any wrongdoing uncovered by the ICAC can be prosecuted in Court.”
The ICAC is expected to be operational in the first half of 2018.
Expressions of interest are open until December 11 and should be sent to:
Appointments Panel C/- Executive Division GPO Box 1722 DARWIN NT 0801
or email: ICAC.email@example.com
Media Contact: Laetitia Lemke 0418 973 602