Victoria’s independent anti-corruption agency, IBAC, is continuing a community education campaign that encourages all Victorians to speak up and report suspected corruption in the public sector.
The campaign, When something’s not right. Report it. follows IBAC’s Operation Lansdowne public examinations into allegations of serious corrupt conduct at South West Institute of TAFE, Bendigo Kangan Institute and V/Line, held last month.
‘‘As IBAC investigations like Operation Lansdowne have shown, the risks of public sector corruption in Victoria are very real,’’ IBAC chief executive officer Alistair Maclean said.
‘‘And corruption hurts everyone, it is not a victimless crime.
‘‘Corruption wastes taxes and rates that should be used to operate and maintain Victoria’s schools, hospitals, roads and other vital public services and projects.
‘‘And it damages the reputation of organisations and undermines the community’s confidence in the public sector,’’ Mr Maclean said.
The campaign includes advertising in metropolitan and regional newspapers, on radio and via digital media.
It focuses on corruption risks in the Victorian public sector, including state government departments, agencies and local councils.
The campaign also reaches Victorians from culturally and linguistically diverse communities with translated advertisements in major community language newspapers.
‘‘When something is not right, it’s up to all of us, especially public sector employees, to speak up and report any suspected wrongdoing,’’ Mr Maclean said.
IBAC is also hosting a Corruption Prevention and Integrity conference in early October.
The conference is a timely and valuable opportunity for public sector employees to hear from experts and leaders in the field, to share learnings and actively participate in a practical and engaging capacity building event.
●The conference program is now available at: www.ibac.vic.gov.au/cpic
●To report corruption or for more information, phone IBAC on 1300 375 135 or go to: www.ibac.vic.gov.au