The Office for Public Integrity (OPI) was established by the ICAC Act.

The OPI plays an important role in keeping public institutions reliable, fair and trustworthy. We do this by:

  • handling complaints about public administration from members of the public
  • handling reports about corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration from public officers and authorities
  • referring complaints and reports to inquiry agencies, public authorities or public officers for further investigation or action when needed, such as:
  • overseeing the assessment and investigation of complaints and reports about the conduct of SA Police officers.

We are also responsible for overseeing public interest disclosures, and are a relevant authority for anyone wanting to make a disclosure of public interest information under the PID Act.

We are the primary contact for most people who have made a complaint or report about public integrity.

Our organisation

The Office for Public Integrity is made up of three teams.

Our Director

Emma Townsend is the Director of the Office for Public Integrity.

She has worked in the legal profession for more than 20 years and has extensive experience prosecuting complex criminal matters, working as a solicitor, prosecutor and senior prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

She has also had experience working in Legislative Services in the Attorney-General's Department.