Providing national and international leadership in integrity systems

Good governance relies on institutions fulfilling their mission with integrity, supported by well-designed accountability regimes. As part of this corruption resilience, detection and enforcement are critical priorities for all organisations - government, business or civil society - in an increasingly competitive world.

This program provides national and international leadership in the evaluation, design and implementation of modern integrity systems related to:

  • Public sector ethics as an element of public sector management.
  • Whistleblowing and internal integrity policies.
  • Powers and performance of anti-corruption agencies.
  • Improving international accountability for grand corruption crimes.
  • Strengthening the anti-corruption work of the G20.
  • Complex ways in which integrity policies and institutions interrelate.

Our researchers work with other Griffith University centres, public regulators, industry bodies and NGOs, including Transparency International, to safeguard the public's interest in having institutions it can trust.

Program Leader: Professor A.J. Brown

Distinguished Lecture 2018: Professor A.J. Brown

A National Integrity Commission: Options for Australia

2018 Distinguished Lecture

Professor AJ Brown will draw on his extensive research and practical expertise to present: A National Integrity Commission - Options for Australia.  This year’s Distinguished Lecture will present a new picture of the options for the Commonwealth Government to undertake long overdue strengthening of its public integrity system – drawing on initial results from Australia’s second National Integrity System Assessment.


Program leader Professor A J Brown has released this major new paper from the 2nd National Integrity System Assessment of Australia, at a special packed-out symposium in Canberra (21 August) and the School of Government and International Relations 2018 Distinguished Lecture (23 August) in Brisbane.

See the full report here.   A summary report is also available here.


Griffith University is conducting the National Integrity Survey – a detailed study of strengths and weaknesses in the functions and institutions supporting public integrity, across all Australia’s governments.  If you have direct experience, expertise or knowledge about our integrity systems, you can find out more and complete the survey here.

This study is part of the Australian Research Council Linkage Project ‘Strengthening Australia’s national integrity system: priorities for reform’ led by the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, with other partners led by Transparency International Australia.  Read more about the project here. And you can also get involved in our National Symposium, below.


Australians’ trust in government has continued to slide, driven by growing concerns about corruption at the federal level, according to a special Global Corruption Barometer survey conducted by Griffith University and Transparency International Australia.

The results also show strong support for creation of a new federal anti-corruption body, with two-thirds (67%) supporting the idea, especially in Victoria, NSW and South Australia – with those ‘strongly supporting’ the idea outstripping those who strongly oppose it by 4 to 1.

Combined with Griffith University’s Australian Constitutional Values Survey, the in-person telephone poll of 2,218 adults, conducted in May-June, provides the first measure since 2012 of the growing impact of corruption on citizens’ trust and confidence in government.

See here for the joint Griffith University and Transparency International Australia media release, and data release from 20 August 2018.


National Integrity 2017: Building the Public/Private Alliance was the first biennial conference hosted by Transparency International Australia and Griffith University, held in March 2017. It explored how best to strengthen Australia’s systems of integrity, accountability and anti-corruption—including the hot issues of stronger whistleblower protection, real-time disclosure of political donations, whether we need a federal anti-corruption agency, and the latest on business integrity.

The conference was a major scoping event for 'Strengthening Australia's National Integrity System: Priorities for Reform', an Australian Research Council Linkage Project led by program leader Professor A J Brown, which will run from 2017-2019. Supported by Transparency International Australia, NSW Ombudsman, Queensland Integrity Commissioner, and the Crime & Corruption Commission Queensland, this project is conducting Australia's second national integrity system assessment, and will identify the major opportunities for strengthening the country's systems of integrity and anti-corruption.


The Centre is also leading the ground-breaking project Whistling While They Work 2: Improving managerial responses to whistleblowing in public and private organisations.  This Australian Research Council supported project involves five universities and 23 partner and supporter organisations from across Australia and New Zealand.  Go to the project website here for full details and the latest data releases.

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