The report details a year of increased activity and achievements by the Commission, whilst also managing the impact of COVID-19 and former Commissioner the Hon John McKechnie QC's term ending.
The Commission assessed a total of 5,743 allegations (up from 5,036 last year) with around 45% of those coming from members of the public, continuing an upward trend over the last three reporting periods, reflecting ongoing community awareness and confidence in the Commission’s work.
About a quarter, or 1,450 of the allegations, were referred to public sector agencies (including the WA Police Force) for action, with oversight by the Commission.
Other indicators included:
- efficient assessment of allegations, with 84% completed within 28 days;
- 59 investigations conducted (up from 50 last year), 14 were in cooperation with the agency involved;
- 84% of investigations completed within 12 months;
- 56 days of examinations, five days of which were public examinations; and
- a total of 43 reports – to State Parliament, agencies, and heads of agencies.