Promoting integrity in public authorities

Promoting integrity means developing and maintaining an organisational culture or environment that supports ethical conduct. It involves making expectations about individual conduct clear and ensuring the public authority has robust systems, policies and processes in place to support ethical behaviour. Importantly, public authorities need to focus on both the ethical conduct of individual employees and good organisational governance (i.e. performance and accountability).

A comprehensive accountability framework of legislation and policy guides the operations of WA public authorities and sets standards for employee conduct. As a result public authorities already have in place many of the governance systems, processes and controls which contribute to promoting integrity and preventing misconduct.

However, building and sustaining good governance and employee integrity requires ongoing attention and effort. Effective leadership and positive organisational cultures enable the implementation of good governance systems and foster employee integrity. CEOs, managers and employees each have a role to play in promoting integrity.

Further information and contact details are found in Fact Sheet 5: Promoting integrity in public authorities.

Positions of trust

Further information is contained in the Commission's report More than a matter of trust: An examination of integrity checking controls in recruitment and employee induction processes


Page last updated 25 September 2015