The Territory Labor Government has delivered a significant election promise to Territorians with the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) up and running from today.
For the first time in history, Territorians will have an independent body responsible for receiving, identifying and investigating reports of corruption and misconduct by government/public bodies and public officers and those who receive government money including contractors and grant recipients.
The ICAC can investigate MLAs, courts, tribunals, local government councils and independent officers, which were previously outside the jurisdiction of Northern Territory watchdog bodies.
It will also have the authority to investigate retrospectively.
The ICAC Commissioner is Mr Kenneth Fleming QC with Mr Bruce McClintock SC the ICAC Inspector. Both positions were appointed by the Administrator and will commence officially today.
To learn more about ICAC in the Territory or to make a report visit icac.nt.gov.au
As noted by Chief Minister Michael Gunner
Territorians want and deserve a Government they can trust one which always puts the public interest ahead of private interests.
The commencement today of the Territorys first-ever ICAC does exactly that. It puts Territorians first, restores trust, and draws a line in the sand after four disastrous years of CLP government.
The ICAC will have extensive and broad ranging powers to uncover corruption and misconduct, and its establishment marks a step forward for the Territory.