The territory's newly minted anti-corruption watchdog has already received more than 40 referrals with a "significant percentage" being investigated further.
It comes as the ACT Integrity Commission CEO John Hoitink cautions against the organisation being used as a political weapon as the territory heads to an election in October.
The commission was launched on December 1, but its staffing levels are yet to be finalised and is still working out of a temporary office which is "not fit for purpose".
It does not have a hearing room, evidence storage or interview rooms.
Speaking to The Canberra Times, Mr Hoitink said there was a lot of currency in the referrals so far.
"We've received over 40 matters, a percentage of those will definitely go to preliminary inquiries and investigations," he said.
"There are one or two legacy issues from years gone by, but other than that a lot of the matters that have come in are contemporary."
The commission will aim to triage matters within 28 days of receiving them, with a decision then made whether it is dismissed, referred or investigated further.
Matters that remain with the commission will undergo a preliminary inquiry before a decision on whether to start a full investigation is made.
He did not say what proportion of matters had progressed to preliminary assessments or investigations, except to say it was significant number and higher than the figure of one to two per cent seen in NSW.
Mr Hoitink said he could not reveal details of matters that had been referred, as all information held by the commission was deemed restricted information.
The public would only be made aware of a matter in certain circumstances, including if the commissioner decides public hearings are required.
Another instance would be when a matter that goes to an investigation is finalised. A report would then have to be tabled in the Legislative Assembly, and therefore made public.
"I think it is too soon to say if there are any particular themes to come out of the matters that have been referred," Mr Hoitink said.
"There are interim ones but I don't think it gives a full picture."
Mr Hoitink was previously the acting head of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, where he witnessed the organisation being used as a political weapon.
He said he did not want that to happen in the ACT.
"We're here as a completely independent agency, it doesn't matter what matters we look at we're not at the whim of any political party," Mr Hoitink said.
"I'd really hope that the name of the Integrity Commission is not used as a weapon or weaponised, so to speak, to achieve a political aim because that's not what we're here for."
Mr Hoitink said the commission currently only had four staff, but was in the recruitment stage for a number of other positions, with an investigations director soon to be appointed.
The final organisational structure will depend on where budget discussions with the government end.
"I'm not looking at having a grandiose organisation, I'm looking at having an effective and efficient organisation," he said.
"I would like to hope as we move through the budget process, that we can move out of these temporary premises which are not fit for purpose.
"We don't have a hearing room, we don't have evidence storage, we don't have interview rooms.
"Every other corruption commission around Australia is very much independent, with their own premises, with their own facilities so that we can actually undertake the objectives of the act."
The establishment of the Integrity Commission brings the ACT in line with every other jurisdiction in the country.
"In every other state and territory there have been matters come to the fore which have been dealt with by those agencies," Mr Hoitink said.
"I think it's naive to think those things can't or won't happen in the ACT."
A government spokeswoman said Treasurer Andrew Barr has instructed ACT Property Group and the under treasurer to work closely with the commission to find accommodation and facilities appropriate to the commission's needs and to determine appropriate staffing numbers.
She said the commission and the government were working together on budget business cases.
"Early completion of this work would potentially allow for funding decisions to be finalised and announced ahead of budget day 16 June 2020," the spokeswoman said.
The commission was due to commence on July 1, but that had to be pushed back after the appointment of the original pick for the commissioner's role, former ACT chief justice Terence Higgins, was quashed by the Liberals amid concerns about his past links to the Labor party.
Former federal court judge Dennis Cowdroy was eventually appointed to the position in May, with the commission scheduled to start work in September. The ACT Legislative Assembly later agreed to Mr Cowdroy's request for a delay until December 1, which would allow extra time to recruit staff, find offices and develop policies.