The ACT's integrity commission is investigating three cases it believes represent "serious and systemic corruption".
There are also many more referrals that are in a preliminary stage of investigation.
The corruption watchdog was launched on December 1 and has so far received more than 80 referrals.
In mid-August it will move to a new purpose-fit office in Kingston which will allow it to conduct hearings and examinations.
Chief executive John Hoitink said this would be crucial to the commission's ability to move current investigations forward.
"We'll have our own hearing room, our own computer forensics, exhibits storage, general office space, just something that is really purpose-built," he said.
Mr Hoitink said the commission had received more than 80 referrals, of which about 15 per cent had proceeded to some form of investigation.
So far, three have proceeded to full investigations.
"In our view they encompass that serious and systemic corrupt conduct," he said.
Mr Hoitink said he was not able to disclose any details of the investigations, or the kinds of matters it had been referred.
A report on all full investigations will have to be tabled to the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Mr Hoitink says the commission is more important than ever through the coronavirus pandemic.
"Now is the time we should have an agency like this, while there is a lot of money being pushed out into the economy for a number of different reasons, and all of those very altruistic," he said.
"When you do have that amount of money floating around in the economy I think it's very important to have an agency like this."
The commission employs about 10 staff members and is currently advertising for 10 more. The final staffing numbers will ultimately be determined by ongoing budget discussions with the ACT government.
"I just think there is that necessity to have critical mass," he said.
"If you have legislation which has certain objectives, it's obviously then much more beneficial if you have the people and the staff to meet those objectives."
There have been a steady stream of referrals to the watchdog since it began taking cases.
Mr Hoitink said the proportion proceeding to preliminary investigations has so far been higher than those of jurisdictions' watchdogs.
COVID-19 has not yet had a major impact on the agency's operations as most of the work has not required face-to-face conversations. However, this may change when it moves to Kingston and is able to conduct hearings in person.
A spokeswoman for Speaker Joy Burch said the commission's purpose-built premises generated 24 jobs for the local industry and was funded through the government's fast-tracked infrastructure and maintenance projects.
She said $1.4 million was provided to the commission under the funding initiative.
The commission is able to investigate claims of corruption against any territory public official, including politicians, public servants, contractors and judicial officers.
Under the Integrity Commission Act, the commission must prioritise the investigation and exposure of conduct it considers corrupt conduct or systemic corrupt conduct.
Former Federal Court judge Dennis Cowdroy was last year chosen as the ACT's integrity commissioner, after the last candidate was scuttled due to a political stalemate.