Independent Commission Against Corruption (Hong Kong)

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) of Hong Kong was established by Governor Sir Murray MacLehose on 15 February 1974, when Hong Kong was under British rule. Its main aim was to clean up endemic corruption in the many departments of the Hong Kong Government through law enforcement, prevention and community education.

Independent Commission Against Corruption
Logo of ICAC
Agency overview
Formed15 February 1974; 47 years ago (1974-02-15)
Employees1,213 (June 2007)[1]
Annual budgetHK$1,074,200,000 (2017–2018)[2]
Jurisdictional structure
Legal jurisdictionHong Kong
Constituting instrument
Specialist jurisdiction
  • Anti corruption.
Operational structure
HeadquartersICAC Building,
303 Java Road,
North Point, Hong Kong
Elected officer responsible
Agency executives
Independent Commission Against Corruption
Pre-handover Name
Traditional Chinese總督特派廉政專員公署

The ICAC is independent of the Hong Kong Civil Service. The Basic Law of Hong Kong stipulates that the ICAC shall function independently and be directly accountable to the Chief Executive of Hong Kong. Previous to the transfer of sovereignty in 1997, ICAC reported directly to the Governor of Hong Kong, and appointments to the ICAC were also made directly by his office.

The ICAC is headed by a Commissioner. Since 1997, the Commissioner of the ICAC has been appointed by the State Council of the People's Republic of China, based on the recommendations of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong.