Frequently Asked Questions


FAQ & ANSWERS

It is an act or conduct by any public official/ person(s) to obtain unjustified benefit or advantage for personal gain.
The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) is a legally binding universal document which requires its signatories to commit to fighting corruption through various ways. Fiji acceded to UNCAC on 14 May 2008.
The twelve (12) main Corruption Offences in Fiji are:

  1. Abuse of Office;
  2. Bribery of Public Officials;
  3. Complicity and Common Purpose (Aiding and Abetting);
  4. Dishonestly Causing a Loss;
  5. Fraudulent Conversion;
  6. Possession of Unexplained Property;
  7. Conspiracy to Defraud;
  8. Obtaining a Financial Advantage;
  9. Forgery;
  10. Soliciting or Accepting an Advantage;
  11. Bribery of Public Servants by Persons Having Dealings with Public Bodies; and,
  12. Corrupt Transactions with Agents (Private Sector Corruption).
Complaints can be lodged by:

  1. Calling 1322 which is a toll-free line for Vodafone, Inkk and Digicel users;
  2. Visiting your nearest FICAC branch in Suva, Lautoka or Labasa where a Complaints Officer will take your complaints;
  3. Sending an email to info@ficac.org.fj; and,
  4. Writing a letter to either of the branch addresses
  1. Our Complaints Officers receive and enter complaints into the Case Management System (CMS).
  2. After assessment, non-corrupt complaints are referred to the Government Information Referral Centre or to other relevant agencies.
  3. The corrupt-related complaints are forwarded to our Lawyers at the Legal Assessment Unit.
  4. They assess the complaint and give their legal opinion on how best the complaint should proceed.
  5. This opinion is then submitted to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, who directs the Investigation Department to carry out the investigations on the complaint.
FICAC endeavours to respond to complaints as soon as relevant facts are gathered and assessed.
You can either call in at any of the FICAC Office in Suva, Lautoka or Labasa. You can also email through: info@ficac.org.fj
Yes, you may. All information provided, including contact information is treated with confidence.
No, FICAC only assesses and investigates complaints lodged at either of our offices, sent in through mail or email, or those received on our toll-free line or landline.
There is no fixed time for this as every investigation is different and so time varies when looking into every case.
This is an individual, usually from the same organization, who reports on malpractice and corrupt-activities taking place within the organization.
They are protected under FICAC’s Prevention of Bribery Act Section 30A titled Protection of Informers whereby information which could lead to the identification of the whistleblower is granted full protection.

However, should the provided information be false or the course of justice is hindered due to this non-disclosure, the identity will be revealed.
Yes, there are a variety of programs available for you free of charge. We have awareness sessions for students, members of the community and even trainings for those in the public and private sector available upon request.

These sessions are doneby FICAC’s team of Research and Advocacy Officers in English, iTaukei and Hindi depending on your preference.
  1. Corruption Impact Assessment Workshop for public sector institutions;
  2. Anti-Bribery and Ethics training for public and private sectors;
  3. The Good Kiddo program for primary school students;
  4. General Awareness Sessions;
  5. Community Awareness Sessions – Project Based;
  6. School Management and Teachers Session – Management of Education Grants.
It is the National Anti-Corruption Curriculum and is designed for students in Years 5-13 with anti-corruption studies integrated in English, Social Studies, Social Science, History and Accounting.
Yes, FICAC has a Twitter and LinkedIn account.
No, FICAC does not collect debts from anyone. Individuals receiving messages or calls from anyone claiming to be from FICAC and wanting to collect money or goods should immediately call FICAC Toll Free1322.
FICAC officers carry identification cards with them which clearly state their name, department and card number. These details should be noted down when approached by anyone claiming to be from FICAC for verification purposes.
It is the Fiji Anti-Corruption and Ethics Centre (FACE) and the best source for updated statistics on Investigations, Prosecutions, Awareness Sessions and much more. Visitors to the site are also able to access previous publications, laws and other materials relevant to the fight against corruption. It can be accessed through FACE
FICAC is an independent body and all investigations are conducted with utmost professionalism and confidentiality. While the Commission is provided a budget from government, its operations are conducted independently and without influence.
Yes, you can. Failure to report corruption finds you guilty under Section 30B of the Prevention of Bribery Act No. 12 of 2007 and if convicted, you could face a fine of $20,000FJD and five (5) years imprisonment.
In June 2016, the FICAC Promulgation (now known as the FICAC Act) was amended, allowing FICAC to investigate and prosecute Money Laundering offences under the Proceeds of Crimes Act of 1997.

This allows the State to take proceeds of crime action where the offence is serious.
It is a suggested anti corruption measure to assist in identifying staff members who may be susceptible to corruption because of their circumstances. This Form requires staff members to declare all assets and liabilities that they have. It also assists FICAC in investigations to help rule out staff members or investigate further.This form can also help prove someone's innocence if a complaint is made against them.It is essential when it comes to possession of unexplained wealth.
FICAC, under the 2013 Constitution has powers to only investigate Public Sector corruption. However, the Commission does have the authority to investigate those in the Private Sector when there is collusion between the two sectors. This corrupt activity comes under one of FICAC’s twelve main offences called Corrupt Transactions with Agents.
It is, if the gift is given with the intention of influencing an outcome from the officer and then it becomes a case of Accepting an Advantage. This is why it is important for all institutions to implement a Gift Giving Policy so employees are aware of the procedures to take when offered gifts whether it is to register or declare it so that there is no personal gain and professional standards are maintained.
Yes, according to Section 2(1)(d) of the Prevention of Bribery Act, “advantage” means any other service or favor (apart from entertainment). Thus, when you are doing someone a favor in your line of work and in your capacity as a public official, and you know that you are committing the favor without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, you are guilty of an offence.
  1. Suva Office
    Rev. John Hunt House
    3 St Fort Street, Suva
    P. O. Box 2335,
    Govt Bldgs
    Suva, Fiji
    Phone: 3310290, 3310291, 3310292
    Fax: 3310297
  1. Labasa Office
    Top Floor Post Fiji Building
    Nasekula Road, Labasa
    P .O. Box 9
    Labasa, Fiji
    Phone: 8816793
    Fax: 8816792
  1. Lautoka Office
    Ground Floor
    Superb Investments Building
    30 Namoli Avenue
    Lautoka
    Phone: 6668093
    Fax: 6669083
Call Toll Free (Vodafone and Digicel): 1322 Or visit our website on: www.ficac.org.fj