The ICAC Inspector is a part-time statutory appointment that oversees the ICAC. The purpose of the Inspector is to ensure that the ICAC and his Office are acting within their powers under the ICAC Act as part of an ongoing review process.
The Inspector has the following functions:
- evaluation of the ICAC’s performance (including a yearly report on the same)
- receive and deal with complaints about the ICAC or members of the ICAC’s staff
- make recommendations to the ICAC or to public bodies regarding practices or procedures.
The Inspector can also refer matters to law enforcement agencies, the ICAC or public bodies for investigation, disciplinary action, or prosecution, or a combination thereof, depending on the matter.
The Inspector can also receive and investigate complaints about the ICAC and his Office. Further information about the ICAC Inspector is available on his website. To contact the ICAC Inspector follow this link.
The Inspector is, in essence, an external contractor. The position is not a NT Government position. This ensures the Inspector’s independence from both Government and the Office of the ICAC.
While the Office of the ICAC is responsible for the Inspector’s remuneration, the terms and conditions of the Inspector’s appointment are such that the Department of the Chief Minister facilitates all other needs, due to the ICAC Minister also being the Chief Minister.
The Department of the Chief Minister is therefore responsible for providing suitable office space during periods of time that the Inspector is in the Territory, as well ensuring that appropriately qualified staff are available to assist the Inspector as required. That is, the Inspector and their staff will be physically separated from and independent of the Office of the ICAC during periods of time in the Territory.
The ICAC Act also specifically states that the Inspector is not subject to direction by any person about the way that they perform their functions.
Eligibility for appointment as the Inspector has the same requirements as the ICAC. That is, the person must be a former judge of the superior Court; or a lawyer who has been admitted to the legal profession for at least 10 years. They have the additional eligibility criteria of not having previously been the ICAC, or a member of the ICAC’s staff.
The Inspector is appointed for a period of up to and including five years, and is not eligible for reappointment.