Functions and powers of the committee
(1) At the commencement of every Parliament, a Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission will be appointed by resolution of the Assembly and forwarded to the Council for its concurrence.
(2) It is the function of the Joint Standing Committee to -
(a) monitor and report to Parliament on the exercise of the function of the Corruption and Crime Commission and the Parliamentary Inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission;
(b) inquire into, and report to Parliament on the means by which corruption and prevention practice may be enhanced within the public sector; and
(c) carry out any other functions conferred on the Committee under the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003.
(3) The Joint Standing Committee will consist of four members, of whom -
(a) two will be members of the Assembly; and
(b) two will be members of the Council.
(4) A report of the Joint Standing Committee will be presented to the Assembly and the Council by members of the Joint Standing Committee nominated by it for that purpose.
(5) Without limiting the effect of anything in Standing Orders 288 to 291, the Standing Orders of the Assembly relating to standing and select committees will be followed as far as they can be applied.
History and purpose of the committee
The Corruption, Crime and Misconduct 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.