Perceptions of Corruption

New research from the Australia Institute finds Australians consider a wide range of government behaviours as corruption, including cronyism, political expenditure and hobbling or ignoring integrity watchdogs.

People are most likely to think corruption is common among state and territory governments (69%), followed by local governments (68%) and the federal government (66%).

Key Results
The Australia Institute surveyed a sample of 1,535 Australians about their perceptions of the prevalence of corruption at different levels of government.

  • Four in five (81%) consider it corrupt conduct to allocate public money to projects in marginal seats in order to win votes.
  • 86% consider it corrupt conduct to appoint a friend or colleague to a public role over others who are more qualified.
  • More than four in five (83%) think it is corrupt conduct to sign a contract with an overseas company after being alerted to a risk that some of that money may go to corrupt officials.
  • More than four in five (83%) think it is corrupt conduct for a senior public servant to mislead Cabinet or the Parliament.
  • One Nation voters are the most likely to believe corruption is common federally (85%), followed by independent/other (72%), Greens (69%), Labor (64%) and Coalition (63%) voters.

Polling Brief: Perceptions of Corruption