The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Act came into operation on 1 September 2013. A key purpose of the ICAC Act it to protect public interest by exposing corruption, maladministration and misconduct in public administration.
Schedule 1 of the ICAC Act lists the public officers to whom the Act applies, the public authorities responsible for the officers and the Ministers responsible for the public authorities.
As there has been some conjecture as to whether or not private certifiers are public officers for the purposes of the ICAC Act, regulations have been promolgated to remove any doubt that the conduct of private certifiers is subject to the scrutiny of the Commission.
The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Variation Regulations 2014 gazetted today declare private certifiers (within the meaning of the Development Act 1993) to be public officers for the purposes of Schedule 1 of the ICAC Act. Government Gazette Notice 89/2014
Further information, including directions and guidelines issued by ICAC can be found at www.icac.sa.gov.au