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Integrity Act broadens Inspectorate responsibilities

A new integrity act that broadens the powers and responsibility of the Inspectorate has passed through Parliament and received Royal Assent on 5 March.

The Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment (Public Interest Disclosures, Oversight and Independence) Act 2019 will make considerable amendments to section 223A and 223B of the Local Government Act, increasing the Chief Municipal Inspector’s responsibilities and creating additional powers to receive and investigate public interest disclosures from the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission. The legislation further improves the integrity system by reducing potential crossover with integrity agencies and ensuring local government matters are dealt with by the dedicated agency.

The Act is available here.