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The Corruption Agenda

Corruption is the abuse of public office for private gain. The World Bank estimates that one trillion dollars is paid in illegal bribes annually, and about $40 billion is looted each year by corrupt officials. Corruption follows opportunity and is both local and global. Corruption hurts people, disrupts communities and societies, and has great personal and economic costs. Corruption includes bribery, misappropriation, extortion, patronage, self-dealing (hiring one's friends or one's own companies to provide funded services), job manipulation and state capture.

A number of institutions at both the global and national level either directly address corrupt practices, or anti-corruption measures otherwise form a signficant part of their raison d'être.


United Nations

UN Office on Drugs and Crime

UN Convention Against Corruption

Transparency International



Australian Capital Territory Ombudsman

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Commonwealth Ombudsman

New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption

Northern Territory Ombudsman

Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission

Queensland Ombudsman

South Australia Independent Commission Against Corruption

South Australia Ombudsman

Tasmania Integrity Commission

Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission

Victorian Ombudsman

Western Australia Corruption and Crime Commission


Transparency International - Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN)

George Mason University - Transnational Crime and Corruption Centre (TRACC)

International Anti-Corruption Academy

Updated: 5 September 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Institute Director / Page Contact:  Web Publisher