The Queensland public sector is entrusted with a range of confidential information of varying degrees of sensitivity and value. Members of the public rightly have an expectation of privacy in the handling of this information. This is reflected in various legislative controls, obligations on employees, codes of conduct, and policies and procedures.
Any misuse of information entrusted to public sector agencies involves serious breaches of an individual’s privacy and may, in some cases, create a serious risk to their or others’ safety.
Unfortunately, the misuse of information – either through unauthorised access or unlawful disclosure — has been a longstanding issue within the Queensland public sector. For that reason, improper access to and disclosure of confidential information, and the associated corruption risks, has been an area of focus for the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) since 2016.
As part of its function to reduce the incidence of corruption in the public sector, the CCC is now undertaking a public examination, to be known as Operation Impala, of this area of significant corruption risk. Operation Impala will involve public hearings and a final report to be tabled in Parliament.
This paper sets out the detailed background to Operation Impala and invites public submissions on a range of questions.