(1) The IBAC may defer taking action under section 58 in relation to a complaint or notification, other than a public interest complaint, if—
(a) the subject matter of the complaint or notification—
(i) is being investigated by a person or body specified in section 73(2); and
(ii) is relevant to the duties, functions or powers of that person or body; and
(b) the IBAC considers—
(i) it more appropriate that the person or body investigate the complaint or notification; and
(ii) it is otherwise appropriate for the person or body to continue that investigation.
(2) In deciding whether to defer taking action under section 58, the IBAC may consult with the person or body conducting the investigation.
(3) The IBAC must not defer taking action under section 58 any later than—
(a) the completion of the investigation by the person or body; or
(b) 90 days after receiving the complaint or notification—
whichever occurs first.
(4) Nothing in subsection (3) prevents the IBAC from taking action under section 58 or conducting a preliminary inquiry under section 59A at any time before the investigation by the person or body has been completed or before the period specified in subsection (3)(b) has elapsed.
(5) If the IBAC defers taking action under section 58, the IBAC may do one or both of the following—
(a) provide to the person or body conducting the investigation any information that the IBAC has in relation to the complaint or notification;
(b) require the person or body to provide to the IBAC, within a reasonable time, information regarding the investigation and any action taken in respect of the investigation.
S. 59 inserted by No. 28/2012 s. 14, amended by Nos 82/2012 s. 8, 85/2012 s. 93.