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IBAC - All you need to know
Message from Acting CEO, Michael Wootten: Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC)
At last week’s Executive Leadership Team meeting, we were pleased to have the CEO of IBAC, Alistair Maclean present and share with us IBAC’s responsibilities, and most importantly for us, how it may affect CFA.
The primary purpose of IBAC is to strengthen the integrity of the Victorian public sector, and to enhance community confidence in public sector accountability. IBAC is focused on:
- Providing a channel for people to report Victorian public sector corruption or police misconduct. This includes public bodies like government departments and statutory authorities including CFA
- Identifying, exposing and investigating corrupt conduct by public bodies and/or police misconduct
- Providing education and prevention services for both the public sector and the community about the detrimental effects of corruption
- Making recommendations or tabling reports in Parliament following an investigation.
IBAC also plays a key role in the Protected Disclosure Act 2012, (previously called the Whistleblower’s Protection Act). This enables people to make disclosures about improper conduct within the public sector without fear of reprisal. This aims to ensure openness and accountability by encouraging people to make disclosures and protecting them when they do.
IBAC has prepared Guidelines for Making and Handling Protected Disclosures to assist public bodies to interpret and comply with the new regime. Please also see CFA’s Protected Disclosure procedure.
In short, IBAC has the ability to investigate the conduct of all CFA members; this includes both staff and volunteers. It’s important we acknowledge that IBAC is here to protect the trust that all Victorians place in their public sector services (schools, hospitals, fire services etc.).
CFA is here to serve the community in a fair and ethical way, and IBAC is empowered to make sure this integrity is not undermined in any way for the benefit of all Victorians.