The primary purpose of the Office of the ICAC is to address improper conduct in or connected with, public administration – that is, the activities of Government or expenditure of government monies by non-government organisations.
Reports made to the Office of the ICAC must directly relate to public administration and they must fall within the definitions of improper conduct.
While the Office of the ICAC will investigate alleged improper conduct by public bodies and public officers, it is also able to investigate private individuals, businesses and organisations that are in receipt of government funding. For example, those who are in receipt of NT Government funding through procurement or grant activities, or those delivering a service on behalf of the Northern Territory Government.
ICAC can investigate individuals who are in receipt of Commonwealth funding in any circumstance under which funding is being administered by the NT Government.
It does not matter if the improper conduct is real or suspected. The Office of the ICAC recognises that people will often not have proof of a suspicion that improper conduct is occurring, but rather an impression or informed view that something isn’t quite right. It is our responsibility to investigate whether or not the suspicion is founded.
Not sure where to complain?
The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption deals with complaints about improper conduct in public administration in the Northern Territory. There are many other agencies that can accept and deal with complaints about particular government and private sector functions. Even for NT Government and local government complaints, there may be a more appropriate office to deal with your complaint.