National Anti-Corruption Commission Appointments Announced 

Posted on March 29, 2023

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The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has today taken a significant step towards delivering on its mandate to protect the public interest and hold government agencies accountable with the Attorney-General announcing the NACC’s inaugural appointments.

The proposed appointments have been approved by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Anti-Corruption Commission and were selected based on the Government’s Merit and Transparency Policy:

  • Commissioner: The Hon Justice Paul Brereton AM RFD
  • Deputy Commissioner: Ms Nicole Rose PSM
  • Deputy Commissioner: Dr Ben Gauntlett
  • Chief Executive Officer: Mr Philip Reed
  • Inspector: Ms Gail Furness SC

Justice Paul Brereton, the New South Wales judge who led the investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, has emerged as the federal government’s pick to lead the NACC. The Commissioner will be instrumental in providing strategic direction to the NACC and ensure the independence and transparency of its operations are upheld. With the appointment of Justice Paul Brereton as Commissioner, the NACC is well placed to operate effectively and restore public trust in Australia’s institutions.

The appointment of highly qualified individuals to the NACC positions the commission to effectively execute its mandate effectively and restore public trust in the country’s institution The government’s commitment to establishing a powerful, transparent, and independent anti-corruption commission is a positive development towards a more just and equitable society.

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