Public Awareness of Corruption in Australia
Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 14, p. 438, 2007
Posted: 5 Aug 2009
Date Written: February 19, 2009
Purpose - The aim of this paper is to examine public awareness and perceptions on corruption in Australia, a country that traditionally has been viewed as having relatively low levels of corruption.
Design/methodology/approach - The paper presents the findings of a random telephone survey of 300 people aged 16 and above, across the three most populated Australian states.
Findings - The paper suggests that corruption may be a greater issue of concern for the Australian public than has been assumed in the past, given the relatively low levels of reported systemic corruption in Australia. Moreover, while there may be widespread agreement that corruption in Australis is harmful and perhaps inevitable, people can find it difficult at times to differentiate between what is corrupt and what is not.
Originality/value - The findings presented in this paper illustrate that corruption is an issue of concern for members of the Australian public, with the majority of respondents agreeing that corruption seems to be increasing in Australia. These findings should be considered by state and federal anti-corruption bodies as they frame their policies and processes.
Keywords: Australia, corruption, perceptions
JEL Classification: K0, K00, K19, K29, K39, K42
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