Public Awareness of Corruption in Australia

Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 14, p. 438, 2007

Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007/07

Posted: 5 Aug 2009

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Diana Megan Bowman

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Public Health

George Gilligan

University of Melbourne - Centre for Corporate Law

Date Written: February 19, 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bowman, Diana Megan and Gilligan, George, Public Awareness of Corruption in Australia (February 19, 2009). Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 14, p. 438, 2007, Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007/07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1346775

Diana Megan Bowman (Contact Author)

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George Gilligan

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