Properly investigating suspected bribery and corruption helps businesses meet legal obligations and reduce business risk. Access practical guidance on how to conduct an effective internal investigation. Learn about the role of whistleblower protections in the investigation process and the duty of directors and officers to investigate when potentially serious issues are brought to their attention.
When allegations of fraud or corruption arise, it is important to undertake a prompt and thorough investigation. This short 'how to' guide outlines the key steps to make an investigation effective. Be sure to also consider the 'whistleblowing' section of this site for more recent developments in obligations relating to whistleblowers.
This detailed instruction manual for investigating corruption allegations can guide you through the internal investigation process. It is designed for investigations in the public sector, but the same principles will apply for internal investigations of fraud or corruption issues in the private sector. The 'whistleblowing' section of this site provides up to date guidance on recent developments in obligations relating to whistleblowers.
This university training module will help unpack the 'how to' and 'why' of investigating possible corruption issues. The module focuses on responding appropriately to whistleblower reports in general. There are more specific requirements in Australia addressed in the 'whistleblowing' section of this site.
There are many layers to remediating bribery and corruption issues, including: identifying root causes, addressing weaknesses in systems and processes, imposing consequences on the people who have done the wrong thing, putting commercial relationships onto the right footing and paying reparations where appropriate. This incident response map works through some of the key issues related to a remediation response.
Whistleblowers play an important role in detecting bribery and corruption. To encourage whistleblowers to come forward and report misconduct, Australian law affords whistleblowers certain rights and protections, which will impact on how any investigation into a report is conducted. ASIC has published guidance to help companies understand Australian laws concerning who is a whistleblower and how they are protected.
Company directors and senior managers who are put on notice of possible bribery and corruption issues have a positive duty to make appropriate inquiries. Failure to do so can lead to civil, or even criminal penalties and being banned from managing corporations. This case establishes the duty of officers to investigate when corruption concerns are aired.