Function of the Committee
The Integrity and Oversight Committee was established in 2019 under the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003 (Vic).
The Integrity and Oversight Committee is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the performance of the following Victorian agencies:
- the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC)
IBAC, Victoria’s anti-corruption commission, oversights the Victorian public sector, including police, and investigates corruption and other misconduct. Visit IBAC’s website for more information.
- the Victorian Ombudsman (VO)
The VO investigates complaints about administrative actions taken by Victorian government agencies, including government departments and local councils. Visit the VO’s website for more information.
- the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC)
OVIC is responsible for the oversight of Victoria’s Freedom of Information (FOI), information privacy and data protection regimes. Visit OVIC’s website for more information.
- the Victorian Inspectorate (VI)
The VI exercises oversight functions with respect to a number of Victorian agencies, including IBAC, the VO and OVIC. Visit the VI’s website for more information.
As part of the Integrity and Oversight Committee’s monitoring and review of the performance of IBAC, OVIC, the VI and the VO, it can examine reports they have produced, including their annual reports. The Committee also has the power to report to Parliament in relation to these agencies’ performance of their duties and functions. In addition, the Committee can undertake inquiries into issues related to the work of these agencies and make recommendations for improvements.
While the Integrity and Oversight Committee can, in limited circumstances, investigate complaints about the Information Commissioner and OVIC under the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003 (Vic), it does not have the power to investigate complaints about IBAC, the VI or the VO.
Further, under the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003 (Vic), the Integrity and Oversight Committee is prohibited from reconsidering decisions, findings or recommendations made by IBAC, OVIC, the VI or the VO.
This means that the Committee is not an avenue of appeal in relation to complaints.
From 1 January 2020, the Integrity and Oversight Committee has functions under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic) to receive, assess and investigate public interest disclosures about the Victorian Inspectorate or a Victorian Inspectorate officer.
You can submit a public interest disclosure about the Victorian Inspectorate or a Victorian Inspectorate officer using the Committee’s details on the Contact page.
- Created: Friday, 02 October 2009 10:38
- Last Updated: Friday, 10 January 2020 11:28