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Integrity Systems

While the professional organisation will hold a key role in most integrity systems, its inter-relation with other elements including universities, regulators, government institutions and large organizational employers will determine its capacity to uphold professional standards across the industry. Strategic reform requires paying careful attention to the integrity system as a whole.


Author(s): Charles Sampford and Hugh Breakey

An ‘integrity system’ constitutes an inter-related network of institutions that work together to facilitate institutional integrity, and remove temptations and opportunities for corruption. Originally developed in the course of anti-corruption efforts in the face of systemic state and police corruption in Queensland, Australia, the ‘integrity systems’ approach works by strategically reforming the entire system of relevant institutions, and the inter-relations between them. Despite its initial focus on state corruption, the insights developed from the integrity systems approach help illustrate how other institutions, including the professions, can be reformed so as to deliver on their publicly stated goals and standards.

In introducing the idea of integrity systems, this title:

  • Defines key concepts of corruption, integrity systems, and governance;
  • Explains the multi-disciplinary approach necessary to reforming institutions;
  • Surveys previous anti-corruption models, including the influential ‘Hong Kong model’; and
  • Describes the applicability of the integrity systems approach to the professions.


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