Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) report released this week has put Australia in 13th place, scoring 75 points on the 100-point scale.
This is 2 points up from last year, which was Australia’s lowest ever score. More than two-thirds of countries (68%) score below 50 and the average global score remains unchanged at 43.
Transparency International Australia indicates that Australia may be now turning a corner following the establishment of the landmark National Anti-Corruption Commission.
The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople. It relies on 13 independent data sources and uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
Countries with strong institutions and well-functioning democracies often find themselves at the top of the Index. Denmark heads the ranking, with a score of 90. Finland and New Zealand follow closely with a score of 87. Norway (84), Singapore (83), Sweden (83), Switzerland (82), the Netherlands (80), Germany (79), Ireland (77) and Luxembourg (77) complete the top 10 this year.
On the flip side, countries experiencing conflict or where basic personal and political freedoms are highly restricted tend to earn the lowest marks. This year, Somalia (12), Syria (13), and South Sudan (13) are at the bottom of the index. Venezuela (14), Yemen (16), Libya (17), North Korea (17), Haiti (17), Equatorial Guinea (17) and Burundi (17) are also in the bottom 10.
You can explore the full report here.