Function of the Committee

The Integrity and Oversight Committee is constituted under section 7 of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003.

(1) The functions of the Integrity and Oversight Committee are—

  1. to monitor and review the performance of the functions and exercise of the powers of the Information Commissioner; and
  2. to consider and investigate complaints concerning the Information Commissioner and the operation of the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner; and
  3. to report to both Houses of Parliament on any matter requiring the attention of Parliament that relates to—
    1. the performance of the functions and the exercise of the powers of the Information Commissioner; or
    2. any complaint concerning the Information Commissioner and the operation of the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner; and
  4. to examine the annual report of the Information Commissioner and any other reports by the Information Commissioner and report to Parliament on any matters it thinks fit concerning those reports; and
  5. to inquire into matters concerning freedom of information referred to it by the Parliament and to report to Parliament on those matters; and
  6. to monitor and review the performance of the duties and functions of the Victorian Inspectorate, other than those in respect of VAGO officers; and
  7. to report to both Houses of the Parliament on any matter connected with the performance of the duties and functions of the Victorian Inspectorate, other than those in respect of VAGO officers, that require the attention of the Parliament; and
  8. to examine any reports made by the Victorian Inspectorate to the Integrity and Oversight Committee or the Parliament other than reports in respect of VAGO officers; and
  9. to consider any proposed appointment of an Inspector under section 18 of the Victorian Inspectorate Act 2011 and to exercise a power of veto in accordance with that Act; and
  10. to monitor and review the performance of the duties and functions of the IBAC; and
  11. to report to both Houses of the Parliament on any matter connected with the performance of the duties and functions of the IBAC that require the attention of the Parliament; and
  12. to examine any reports made by the IBAC to the Integrity and Oversight Committee or the Parliament; and
  13. to consider any proposed appointment of a Commissioner under section 20 of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 and to exercise a power of veto in accordance with that Act; and
  14. to carry out any other function conferred on the Integrity and Oversight Committee by or under—
    1. the Ombudsman Act 1973; and
    2. the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011; and
    3. the Victorian Inspectorate Act 2011. 


(2) Despite anything to the contrary in subsection (1), the Integrity and Oversight Committee cannot—

  1. reconsider a decision of the Information Commissioner or Public Access Deputy Commissioner in relation to a review of a particular matter; or
  2. reconsider any recommendations or decisions of the Information Commissioner or Public Access Deputy Commissioner in relation to a complaint under the Freedom of Information Act 1982; or
  3. reconsider any findings in relation to an investigation under the Freedom of Information Act 1982; or
  4. reconsider the making of a public interest determination under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014; or
  5. reconsider the approval of an information usage arrangement under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014; or
  6. reconsider a decision to serve a compliance notice under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014; or
  7. disclose any information relating to the performance of a duty or function or exercise of a power by the Ombudsman, the Victorian Inspectorate or the IBAC which may—
    1. prejudice any criminal proceedings or criminal investigations; or
    2. prejudice an investigation being conducted by the Ombudsman, the IBAC or the Victorian Inspectorate; or
    3. contravene any secrecy or confidentiality provision in any relevant Act; or
  8. investigate a matter relating to the particular conduct the subject of—
    1. a particular complaint or notification made to the IBAC under the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011; or
    2. a particular disclosure determined by the IBAC under section 26 of the Protected Disclosure Act 2012 to be a protected disclosure complaint; or
    3. any report made by the Victorian Inspectorate; or
  9. review any decision by the IBAC under the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 to investigate, not to investigate or to discontinue the investigation of a particular complaint or notification or a protected disclosure complaint within the meaning of that Act; or
  10. review any findings, recommendations, determinations or other decisions of the IBAC in relation to—
    1. a particular complaint or notification made to the IBAC under the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011; or
    2. a particular disclosure determined by the IBAC under section 26 of the Protected Disclosure Act 2012 to be a protected disclosure complaint; or
    3. a particular investigation conducted by the IBAC under the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011; or
  11. review any determination by the IBAC under section 26 of the Protected Disclosure Act 2012; or
  12. disclose or share any information that is likely to lead to the identification of a person who has made an assessable disclosure and is not information to which section 53(2)(a), (c) or (d) of the Protected Disclosure Act 2012 applies; or
  13. review any decision to investigate, not to investigate, or to discontinue the investigation of a particular complaint made to the Victorian Inspectorate in accordance with the Victorian Inspectorate Act 2011; or
  14. review any findings, recommendations, determinations or other decisions of the Victorian Inspectorate in relation to a particular complaint made to, or investigation conducted by, the Victorian Inspectorate in accordance with the Victorian Inspectorate Act 2011.