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The Anti-Corruption Pledge Tracker monitors the progress of the commitments made by Governments and organisations at the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit. Scroll down to see whether the words have turned into action...

The Anti-Corruption Pledge Tracker monitors the progress of the commitments made by Governments and organisations at the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit. Scroll down to see who has kept to their word...

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AUSTRALIA

There is no evidence of Australia’s progress on pledges to enhance company disclosure of payments to governments for the sale of oil, gas or minerals, or to publicly consult on new mandatory disclosure rules to limit the proliferation of aggressive tax planning schemes. 

However, Australia has successfully fulfilled its anti-money laundering and law enforcement commitments, to create a centre for excellence to bring together governments, law enforcement, regulators and the financial sector to detect, prevent and disrupt money laundering linked to corruption. Australia has also formally joined the Open Government Partnership, and published its first National Action Plan in 2016.

A consultation exploring options for Australia’s beneficial ownership register is underway.  Australia has also opened a public consultation on a review of Australia’s Public Procurement Framework – seemingly a step towards completing their pledge to implement the Open Contracting Data Standard. The commitment to set up a new Government Business Roundtable on Corruption, for closer cooperation and consultation on anti-corruption work and areas for reform, is also underway: the first meeting with CEOs was held on 31 March 2017.

A review of Australia’s anti-money laundering regime is ongoing, as is a Consultation and Parliamentary Inquiry on whistleblower protection in private and not-for-profit sectors.

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Tax Laws and Regulation
Tax AUSTRALIA

On 3 May 2016, the Australian Government announced that it will introduce a new Diverted Profits Tax which will impose a 40 per cent penalty rate of tax on large multinational companies that attempt to shift their Australian profits offshore to avoid paying tax

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Tax Laws and Regulation
Tax AUSTRALIA

Australia will be one of the first countries to implement the OECD’s hybrid mismatch arrangement rules to prevent multinational corporations from exploiting cross-border tax differences to avoid or defer paying tax.

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Tax Laws and Regulation
Tax AUSTRALIA

Australia is establishing a new Tax Avoidance Taskforce within the Australian Taxation Office, staffed by over 1,000 experts including 390 specialist officers, to strengthen efforts to ensure that every multinational, public and private company, and high-wealth individual pays the right amount of tax. The Taskforce will be involved in investigating information contained in the Panama Papers.

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Open Government Partnership
International Anti-Corruption Architecture AUSTRALIA

Australia is finalising its membership to the Open Government Partnership and looks forward to being an active member of the Partnership.

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International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre
Law Enforcement AUSTRALIA

Australia will work with the UK and others to establish the new International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre, to streamline and focus international cooperation in cases of grand corruption with international dimensions.

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Cooperation
Anti-Money Laundering AUSTRALIA

A centre for excellence within the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre and the Australian Financial Crimes Exchange, to bring together governments, law enforcement, regulators and the financial sector to detect, prevent and disrupt money laundering linked to corruption.

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ONGOING
These pledges have no end point and are continuing to progress
Unexplained Wealth Orders
Asset Recovery AUSTRALIA

Australia has effective laws for asset recovery, including non-conviction based confiscation powers and unexplained wealth orders. We will continue to review our legislative framework to ensure its continued effectiveness.

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Protecting Whistleblowers
Whistleblower and Civil Society Space Protection AUSTRALIA

Australia is developing strengthened whistleblower protections designed to protect those who disclose information on tax misconduct to the Australian Taxation Office. Whistleblowers will have their identity protected and will be protected from victimisation and civil and criminal action to encourage them to come forward and help support compliance with Australia’s tax laws.

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UNDERWAY
These pledges are underway and on target
Public Engagement
Anti-Corruption Environment AUSTRALIA

Australia will continue to work closely with the private and non-government sectors to tackle corruption, including through a new Government Business Roundtable on Corruption, which will provide a forum for closer cooperation and consultation on anti-corruption work and areas for reform

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Open Contracting Data Standard
Public Procurement AUSTRALIA

Australia supports the Open Contracting Data Standard, and notes the role the Standard can play in encouraging machine-readable open data formats across all areas of government.

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COOPERATION
Private Sector AUSTRALIA

A new Government Business Roundtable on Corruption, which will provide a forum for closer cooperation and consultation on anti-corruption work and areas for reform.

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Central Register
Beneficial Ownership AUSTRALIA

Australia is committed to exploring, via public consultation, options for a beneficial ownership register for companies. 

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OVERDUE
THERE ARE NO OVERDUE PLEDGES
INACTIVE
These pledges are are inactive and not making any progress
Tax Laws and Regulation
Tax AUSTRALIA

Australia will also be publicly consulting on new mandatory disclosure rules intended to limit the proliferation of aggressive tax planning schemes.

Information collection, sharing, availability
Beneficial Ownership AUSTRALIA

Australia has tracing powers for beneficial ownership of listed companies and investment schemes and is committed to ensuring that adequate, accurate and timely information on beneficial ownership and control is available to competent authorities. 

EITI
Beneficial Ownership AUSTRALIA

We welcome the new 2016 EITI Standard, in particular the requirements on beneficial ownership and the sale of the state’s share of production.

EITI
Natural Resources AUSTRALIA

Australia is working towards compliance with the transparency principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), an international coalition that provides a global standard to promote open and accountable management of natural resources. Australia is a long-term supporter of the EITI, and will continue to support the application of EITI principles around the world.

Commodities Trading Transparency
Natural Resources AUSTRALIA

We commit to work together to enhance company disclosure (regarding payments to governments for the sale of petroleum and minerals), complementing ongoing work within the EITI. Reporting progress via the Open Government Partnership or EITI working groups, we will explore the scope for a common global reporting standard.