The Commission is an independent institution established in 2007.
The Commission is mandated under Section 12 of the FICAC Act 2007, to:
Receive and consider complaints alleging corrupt practices and investigate such of those complaints as the Commissioner considers practicable;
Investigate the suspected or alleged occurrence of an offence to which this Act applies;
Investigate any conduct of a prescribed officer which, in the opinion of the Commissioner is connected with or conducive to corrupt practices and to report thereon to the President;
Examine the practices and procedures of Government departments and public bodies, in order to facilitate the discovery of corrupt practices and to secure the revision of methods of work or procedures which, in the opinion of the Commissioner, may be conducive to corrupt practices;
Instruct, advise and assist any person, on the latter’s request, on ways in which corrupt practices may be eliminated by such person;
Advise heads of Government departments or of public bodies of changes in practices or procedures compatible with the effective discharge of the duties of such departments or public bodies which the Commissioner thinks necessary to reduce the likelihood of the occurrence of corrupt practices;
Educate the public against the evils of corruption; and,
Enlist and foster public support in combating corruption
In 2016, Parliament passed amendments to the Act which redefined and expanded the powers of the Commission. Referred to as the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (Amendment) Act 2016:
the Commissioner has full administrative powers to appoint officers necessary to assist the Commissioner in the performance of his function;
inclusion of the Criminal Procedure Decree 2009 and Crimes Decree 2009 in the Act;
authority for Commission Officers to exercise any other powers given to police officers under Part III of the Criminal Procedure Decree 2009; and,
prosecution of offences to which the Act applies etc.