What we do

The Commission assesses, investigates and exposes serious misconduct in the Western Australian public sector and misconduct and reviewable police action in the Western Australian Police Force. It may also assist the Western Australian Police Force to combat the incidence of organised crime when required.

The Commission directs its efforts to areas where the risk of serious misconduct is greatest. Our investigations, public and private examinations, and reports, expose corruption and encourage agencies to implement practices that minimise the risk of serious misconduct occurring. 

The Commission has jurisdiction over Western Australian public officers which includes employees of Western Australian government departments, entities, statutory authorities and boards, universities and local governments.

In 2018, the Corruption and Crime Commission took on a greater role in tackling organised crime, with additional powers to investigate unexplained wealth and make application to the courts to seize assets.

This was a significant change that assisted the Commission to fulfil its purpose as a 'Crime Commission' to combat and reduce the incidence of organised crime and illicit activity in Western Australia. The Commission disrupts crime by removing the financial motivation for it. A person who lives beyond their apparent means is required to justify the legitimacy of their financial circumstances.

Our responsibilities include:

Responding to allegations

  • Receiving and assessing allegations of serious misconduct.
  • Determining what action should be taken on all serious misconduct allegations.

Conducting or oversighting investigations or actions taken by public authorities

  • Investigating or taking other action.
  • Monitoring investigations undertaken by appropriate authorities.
  • Making recommendations and furnishing reports on the outcome of investigations.
  • Consulting, cooperating and exchanging information with appropriate authorities.
  • Assembling evidence admissible for prosecuting authorities.

Assisting public authorities to prevent serious misconduct (and police misconduct)

  • Analysing information. 
  • Analysing systems used within public authorities. 
  • Providing information and making recommendations. 
  • Increasing the capacity of public authorities by providing advice and training.
  • Reporting on ways to prevent and combat serious misconduct.

Identifying and confiscating unexplained wealth

  • Investigating whether a person has or may have acquired unexplained wealth or a criminal benefit.

Assisting WA Police Force in relation to organised crime

  • Reviewing and enabling the use of exceptional powers; examining witnesses; approving assumed identities; authorising and reviewing controlled operations; and, considering fortification notices.