Consultation are open for the draft guidance of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Foreign Bribery) Act 2024

Posted on April 29, 2024

Foreign bribery is bribery of a foreign public official. A growing number of countries have laws against bribing foreign officials, including here in Australia, where it is a serious criminal offence that carries heavy penalties. Foreign bribery has many harmful effects, impacting Australia’s trade and investment interests and can inhibit the growth of Australian businesses. Continue reading

10th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption

Posted on December 17, 2023

On 11-15 December 2023, the United States hosted the 10th session of the Conference of the States Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Atlanta. The UNCAC has 190 States Parties and is the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument. It covers many different forms of corruption, including various acts of corruption Continue reading

IPEF Fair Economy Agreement

Posted on November 23, 2023

The Australian Government has announced a new agreement to combat corruption, help create a more transparent and predictable business environment and level the playing field for businesses and investors in the Indo-Pacific region. Last week Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met with leaders from Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Republic Continue reading

National Anti-Corruption Commission Appointments Announced 

Posted on March 29, 2023

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 Continue reading

Marking one year since the commencement of Australia’s first debarment regime

Posted on March 21, 2023

On 1 January 2022, the Western Australian Government commenced operation of Australia’s first debarment regime. Under the new scheme, businesses that engage in unlawful activity can be banned from doing business with WA government agencies for up to five years. Details of the debarment are published on a publicly accessible register. The debarment regime captures Continue reading

Report published on Australia’s implementation of OECD Anti-Bribery recommendations

Posted on March 21, 2023

The OECD has published a new report on Australia’s progress implementing the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, which requires member states to criminalise foreign bribery and enforce foreign bribery offences. Australia submitted the report to the OECD Working Group on Bribery in December 2022 as a follow-up Continue reading