FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What if I am unhappy with how the Commission has dealt with me or my report?

  • The Office of the Parliamentary Inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission assesses and investigates complaints about the actions and decisions of the Commission. You can make a complaint about the Corruption and Crime Commission to the Parliamentary Inspector here.

What happens once I have made an allegation?

  • The Commission has responsibility for assessing all reports of serious misconduct within the public sector and ensuring that they are appropriately dealt with either by the Commission or another public authority. Our assessment process determines what action should be taken. Find out how we assesses the allegations we receive here.

Can I tell others I have made a report to the CCC?

  • The Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act does not prevent you from telling anyone that a report has been lodged. However, discussing the details of a report should be considered carefully as this may compromise any future investigation or may affect the reputation of the public officer.

Will others know I made a report?

  • All reports are treated confidentially. However, if the matter is referred for investigation details about the person making the report and the information in a report will likely be forwarded to the applicable public sector authority.

What details should I have to make a report about suspected corruption?

  • You report should include:

    • details of the public officer(s) who may be involved or who are aware of the matter including their names, positions and contact details;
    • details of the conduct and why it is suspected that it may be serious misconduct;
    • a brief description of the events including dates, times and location;
    • if relevant, the approximate values of goods or amounts of money that may be involved;
    • any harm, risk, danger or injury to any person related to the conduct; and
    • any evidence that supports the report, including the details of witnesses, any documents, emails and other materials.

    A report may be made anonymously, but this makes it difficult to assess and the Commission would be unable to contact you if it needs more information.

How do I know when there is a public examination?

  • Media outlets and CCC subscribers will receive an alert before a public examination starts. The Commission will also announce and livestream a public examination on its website.

    To make sure you know if there is a public examination, subscribe to our mailing list.

Can the media report anything about private examinations held by the Commission?

  • No. It is an offence to report that a private hearing is to be held or has been held, to name witnesses who appeared at a private examination or any details of the evidence given.

Does the Commission confirm it is conducting a particular investigation?

  • The Commission has a general policy of not informing the public or media of what investigations it is undertaking or details of investigations.

    Find out why the CCC doesn't confirm or deny what it is working on here.

Does the Commission confirm if it has received a particular allegation?

  • It is generally inappropriate for the CCC to confirm that it has received an allegation of misconduct. The reputation of innocent people could be unfairly damaged if the Commission publicly acknowledges it has received a complaint as allegations maybe unsubstantiated and untested.

    Find out why the CCC doesn't confirm or deny what information it has or hasn't received here.

What is not corruption or serious misconduct?

  • Matters of low-level discipline, misbehavior or employee relations issues which may be managed by employing authorities are outside the definition of misconduct under the CCM Act.  Examples could include general human resources and performance management issues, grievances around employee relationships, and minor infractions of policies and procedures.

What is minor misconduct?

  • Minor misconduct should be significant enough that it could reasonably lead to termination of a public officer's employment.

    Minor misconduct, as defined by section 4(d) of the CCM Act, occurs if a public officer engages in conduct that:

    • adversely affects the honest or impartial performance of the functions of a public authority or public officer, whether or not the public officer was acting in their public officer capacity at the time of engaging in the conduct; or
    • involves the performance of functions in a manner that is not honest or impartial; or
    • involves a breach of the trust placed in the public officer; or
    • involves the misuse of information or material that is in connection with their functions as a public officer, whether the misuse is for the benefit of the public officer or the benefit or detriment of another person; and
    • constitutes, or could constitute, a disciplinary offence providing reasonable grounds for termination of a person’s office or employment.

    For more information or assistance about minor misconduct, please contact the Public Sector Commission.

What is serious misconduct?

Who is a public officer?

What are the main functions of the CCC?

WHAT IS THE CCC AND WHY WAS IT ESTABLISHED?

  • The CCC was established on 1 January 2004 as a permanent investigative Commission with the same powers as a Royal Commission. It was set up to help public authorities minimise and manage misconduct, and in doing so, improve the integrity of the public sector. In addition, the Commission assists WA Police to combat organised crime by authorising the use of investigative powers not ordinarily available to them The CCC has jurisdiction over Western Australian public officers in WA Police, government departments, government instrumentalities, boards, universities and local governments. The proclamation of the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003 ("the CCM Act") on 1 July 2015 focusses the Commission's efforts on dealing with serious misconduct and corruption. It invests its efforts in areas where the risk of serious misconduct and corruption is greatest and where its resources are needed most.

Who oversees the CCC?

  • The CCC is an independent investigative commission that reports directly to the Parliament of Western Australia.

    The Parliamentary Inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission has functions which include the power to audit the operation of the CCM Act and the CCC's operations and to deal with misconduct by CCC officers.

    The CCC is overseen by the Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission (JSCCCC), which is a Parliamentary Committee. The JSCCCC is assisted by the Parliamentary Inspector. 

Who can report misconduct?