IBAC research report highlights corruption risks for community service organisations

14 September 2021
Community service organisations (CSOs) play a critical role in delivering a range of welfare and social services to support individuals, families and communities.

Given the considerable public funds that support the delivery of many of these services, the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) has undertaken research into the corruption risks that could affect CSOs’ delivery of human services.

IBAC’s research report outlines those risks, including procurement and contract management, conflicts of interest, cash handling, false/inaccurate reporting practices and misuse of sensitive information. It also outlines a range of corruption prevention strategies to help mitigate these risks. The report is specifically focused on services funded by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing and the Department of Health.

IBAC is Victoria’s anti-corruption agency responsible for preventing and exposing public sector corruption and police misconduct. IBAC does this by: investigating serious corruption and police misconduct; and informing the public sector, police and the community about the risks and impacts of corruption and police misconduct, and ways in which it can be prevented. To read more about IBAC and to report corruption visit www.ibac.vic.gov.au or call 1300 735 135.

Over the coming months, DFFH and IBAC will share more of the findings from this report and practical tips on corruption prevention.

Click here to read the full report

Click here to read a summary of the report