Bribery of foreign public officials and Commonwealth public officials
Australia has strong laws that criminalise bribery of foreign public officials and Commonwealth public officials, and is consistently ranked as one of the least corrupt countries in the world. In December 2017, the OECD Working Group on Bribery released its Phase 4 evaluation of Australia’s anti-bribery framework, which commended the marked increase in Australia’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws in recent years. There have now been seven convictions for foreign bribery. This reflects the substantial steps taken by the Government in recent years to improve the framework for detecting and investigating foreign bribery cases.