“An investigation is a process of seeking information relevant to an alleged, apparent or potential breach of the law, involving possible judicial proceedings. The primary purpose of an investigation is to gather admissible evidence for any subsequent action, whether under criminal, civil penalty, civil, disciplinary or administrative sanctions. Investigations can also result in prevention and/or disruption action.”
To maintain integrity in an investigation process, national government agencies must undertake workplace investigations in accordance with the Australian Government Investigation Standards 2011 (AGIS).
AGIS sets out the minimum standards required in an investigation including: