History of CPNQ
The CPNQ was established in October 2003 through the efforts of the Corruption Prevention Division of the former Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC).
The CMC aimed to develop a self-sufficient network of officers drawn mainly from the public sector with an interest or involvement in misconduct and corruption prevention.
The CMC, and its successor organisation the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC), has provided some financial support to CPNQ to help meet basic running costs to ensure that the group remains viable.
Since 2003 CPNQ has run by successive volunteer Management Committees
CPNQ has a proud history of providing high quality professional development and networking to professionals and others interested in fraud and corruption prevention since 2003
The Queensland Perspective
Queensland Integrity agencies whose names have changed over time, have long and proud histories, such as the Queensland Audit Office with its first Auditor General appointed in 1860, and the Queensland Ombudsman in 1974.
However, during the late 1980s the ‘Fitzgerald’ Royal Commission uncovered widespread corruption in the Queensland Government. The inquiry provided the catalyst for an overhaul of the police service, but also contributed to the reform of the governance and integrity framework in Queensland generally.
Efforts to see Queensland tackle the issue of corruption in Government agencies and the broader community saw the creation of the Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) in 1989 and who in 2002 became the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC). In 2014 the CMC became today’s Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).
The need to continually revisit the response to fighting corruption also saw the creation of a number of other integrity bodies. Today in Queensland we have Agencies including:
- Integrity Commissioner established 1999
- The Public Service Commission established 2008
- Office of the Information Commissioner established 2009
- Office of the Independent Assessor 2018.
Each agency has its own supporting legislation with pivotal integrity legislation in Queensland including:
- Public Sector Ethics Act 1994
- Crime and Corruption Act 2001
- Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010.
The private sector also is continually enhancing its response to ethical behaviour and integrity especially around employee behaviour and cyber threats.