Integrity Commission Act 2009 - Legislative Reform Discussion Paper - Have your say

The Tasmanian Government is committed to open and transparent public consultation processes. We seek your input on a discussion paper regarding legislative reform of the Integrity Commission Act 2009.

The Hon William Cox’s report ‘The Independent Review of the Integrity Commission Act 2009’ was tabled in Parliament in 2016. The Government accepted the majority of Mr Cox’s recommendations, in full or in principle, noting that some required further consideration and consultation.

A first tranche of amendments, to address technical and other relatively straightforward matters from the first six recommendations, commenced in 2017.

The Government has progressed consideration of outstanding recommendations. This discussion paper outlines the current position. Stakeholder views are sought in particular on recommendations that are under final analysis and consultation.

Remaining recommendations are outlined in Appendices A (those appropriate for the next stage of legislative reform) and B (those not requiring legislative amendment or not accepted by the Government).

Submissions are also sought on other potential reforms raised since the Cox Review, on which the Government does not have a decided position. These include potential reforms to the Act arising from consultation with the Commission and others arising from the Commission’s:

  • 2018 report recommending review of Tasmania’s “Disclosure of official secrets” and “Unauthorised access to a computer” offences; and
  • 2021 decision on its jurisdiction over members of parliament regarding election campaigns.

The Department of Justice will work closely with the Commission during the broad consultation on this paper, and also undertake targeted consultation with key stakeholders. This will inform the development of a Bill to progress necessary reforms. The draft Bill will be released for a further round of consultation.

View the Cox Review Report and submissions (2016) (external link)

View the Government Response to the Cox Review Report (2016) (external link)

How to make a submission

We must receive all written submissions on the discussion paper by 5pm on 16 September 2022.

You can make your submission either online, by email or by post.

Submit online

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Important: By submitting your file, you agree to publish it on this website.

Email

Email your submission to haveyoursay@justice.tas.gov.au

Post

Mail your submission to

Department of Justice
Office of the Secretary
GPO Box 825
Hobart TAS 7001

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on the Department of Justice website.

Submissions will be published once the Government’s consideration of submissions has concluded.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

For further information, please contact: legislation.development@justice.tas.gov.au or read the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy (external link).

Important information to note

  1. Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  2. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  3. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
  4. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
  5. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.