Oversight bodies across government

The key oversight bodies in WA are:

  • Public Sector Commission
  • Office of the Auditor General
  • Corruption and Crime Commission
  • Office of the Western Australian Ombudsman
  • Office of the Information Commissioner.

The heads of key oversight bodies in WA have formed an informal network called the Integrity Coordinating Group (ICG). The ICG work together to promote and strengthen integrity in the WA public sector.

For more information visit the ICG website: www.icg.wa.gov.au

Public Sector Commissioner

The Public Sector Commission is responsible for the management, administration and performance of the public sector.

The Public Sector Commission aims to:

  • ensure an ethical and accountable public sector
  • drive public sector reform
  • build leadership and the capacity of the public sector
  • evaluate public sector performance
  • establish and monitoring public sector standards and the Code of Ethics, and report on compliance to Parliament.

Office of the Auditor General

The Office of the Auditor General conducts audits and reports to Parliament on the accounts and performance of WA public sector bodies.

To enhance accountability and performance in the public sector, the Office of the Auditor General:

  • conducts audits of financial statements, controls and key performance indicators
  • conducts performance audits to assess whether legislation is complied with and, most importantly, the efficiency, effectiveness and economy of operations and programs
  • reports audit results to Parliament in an objective, competent, insightful and timely manner.

Corruption and Crime Commission

The Corruption and Crime Commission aims to improve the integrity of the public sector, and works collaboratively with public sector bodies to increase their ability to effectively deal with misconduct.

The Corruption and Crime Commission:

  • provides advice on how to minimise misconduct, identify misconduct-related weaknesses in business processes, and deal with misconduct when it occurs
  • investigates cases of misconduct
  • grants special powers to police to act against organised crime.

Office of the Western Australian Ombudsman

The principle functions of the Office of the Western Australian Ombudsman are:

  • investigate and resolve complaints about public sector bodies
  • undertake own-motion investigations about the practices of public sector bodies
  • review and investigate deaths of certain children
  • make suggestions and recommendations to improve services as a result of any investigation
  • provide advice and guidance to public sector bodies.

The Ombudsman makes recommendations that are practical and about significant issues. The Ombudsman ensures that the benefits of implementing the recommendations outweigh the costs.

Office of the Information Commissioner

The key responsibilities of the Office of the Information Commissioner are:

  • deal with complaints about applications to access information and requests to amend personal information
  • raise awareness and provide assistance to public sector bodies and member of the public about their rights and responsibilities under the FOI Act
  • recommend legislative or administrative changes to help the objects of the FOI Act to be achieved.

Page last updated 28 September 2012