Promoting integrity

Promoting and building integrity is critical to the effective functioning of public authorities and the community’s confidence in public institutions.

The Public Sector Commission's aim is to bring leadership and expertise to the public sector to enhance integrity, effectiveness and efficiency. Building the capacity of public authorities to promote integrity and proactively prevent, and if necessary, deal with misconduct in the first place, is a key part of that role, and complements our existing work in advising, and educating public authorities.

Our approach to promoting integrity is to:

  • Focus on building and optimising integrity in public authorities through systems and controls to prevent matters arising in the first instance.
  • Provide clarity on standards of conduct and integrity expected of public officers through the Code of Ethics, guidelines on codes of conduct, accountable and ethical decision making training (AEDM), and other products and assistance.
  • Hold public authorities in high regard by recognising that most people try to do the right thing most of the time.
  • Support public authorities to manage the conduct of employees themselves (except in some circumstances).
  • Take a collaborative approach to working with all jurisdictions, acknowledging that operating contexts are different but that each have common values and principles.
  • Build on our existing systems and mechanisms that are already known to public authorities to build capacity and promote integrity, such as AEDM and other training programs, State of the Sector reporting, and our Advisory Service and survey program. 
  • Work collaboratively with the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) and other integrity agencies to ensure common objectives are progressed and messages are consistent.

We recognise that as a whole, promoting integrity encompasses good governance and employee conduct, which is achieved through the following elements:

  • Systems, policies and processes;
  • Leadership (communication, actions, commitment)
  • Organisational culture (values, employee engagement, actual behaviour).

How does the Commission assist public authorities to promote integrity?

The Commission has a range of integrity promotion strategies, programs and activities to assist public authorities to build capacity in the areas of systems, leadership and organisational culture.

From 1 July 2015, the Commission's role in relation to building integrity has been expanded to include responsibilities under the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003 (CCM Act) for misconduct prevention and education; and the oversight of minor misconduct.

The Commission’s integrity promotion programs will be expanded over time to meet these new responsibilities.

Page last updated 20 June 2018