History and purpose of the committee
The Corruption and Crime Commission Act 2003 both establishes and confers special investigative powers on the Corruption and Crime Commission. In doing so, the Act provides for a number of essential accountability mechanisms to scrutinise the use of these powers. This includes a Joint Standing Committee principally tasked with monitoring and reporting to Parliament on the exercise of the functions of the Commission and the Parliamentary Inspector of the Commission and for promoting integrity within the public sector.
The Parliamentary Inspector is tasked with ensuring "that the [Corruption and Crime Commission's] operations and exercise of powers conform to, and are conducted in accordance with, basic principles underlying law"1. The Inspector is responsible under Section 188 (4) of the Act with assisting the Committee in the performance of its functions.
Hence there exists an accountability framework in Western Australia which ensures that the Commission is responsible to a Committee, the Committee to Parliament and the Parliament to the people of Western Australia.
NB: For information pertaining to the Joint Standing Committee on the Anti-Corruption Commission (predecessor to the Corruption and Crime Commission), please click here.
1. Western Australia Parliamentary Debates, Legislative Assembly, Thursday 15 May 2003, p.7862.