Investigation outcomes

When an investigation finishes, we will decide whether improper conduct has occurred.

If there is evidence of improper conduct, we may:

  • submit a brief to evidence to a law enforcement agency or the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) recommending criminal proceedings for an offence relating to any matter arising out of the investigation;
  • refer matters to another entity (including the public body subject to the investigation) for consideration of disciplinary or other action;
  • make recommendations about matters arising out of the investigation to the relevant principal officer of a public body, the responsible Minister, or the Chief Minister, and request a response;
  • publish public reports and produce key risk and prevention resources.
Can the Office of the ICAC prosecute people?

The Office of the ICAC cannot prosecute people. We may however, refer a brief of evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions for consideration in determining whether to prosecute someone as a result of one of our investigations.

What if there are no findings?

If there are no findings of improper conduct, we may:

  • make no finding;
  • take no action;
  • recommend preventative action where systemic issues and organisational improper conduct risks are identified. This can include:
    • recommendations to strengthen the practices, policies and procedures of the public body;
    • information for employees about how to prevent improper conduct.

We publish details about both private examinations and public inquiries in our annual and special reports.

Investigations summaries

Investigation summaries can be found here.