Principle 5: Ethics and integrity

Ethics and integrity are embedded in the organisation's values and operations.

Maintaining a workplace culture with strong ethics and integrity is part of the governance framework and is fundamental to good organisational performance. Public sector employees must operate with integrity and maintain high standards of ethical conduct to maintain sound decision making processes and ensure community confidence and trust in the public sector.

Operational element Requirements to achieve organisational performance and accountability Additional resources
5.1  The organisation’s values and code of conduct reflect the WA Code of Ethics and define the standards of official conduct and professional behaviour expected of all employees

Public Sector Management Act 1994  (Section 9)

 

Commissioner’s Instruction No 7 – Code of Ethics

 

Commissioner's Instruction No. 8 – Codes of conduct and integrity training

 

Equal Opportunity Act 1984

 

Agency’s code of conduct

Public Sector Commission Accountability and Ethical Decision Making (AEDM) Program

 

Public Sector Commission conduct guide

 

 

Government Structures for Better Results 2001 

 

AS 8002-2003: Corporate governance - Organizational codes of conduct (external website)

5.2  The organisation’s ethics and integrity risks are identified and policies and operational processes address them (e.g. procurement, conflict of interest)

 

 

Commissioner’s Instruction No 7 – Code of Ethics

 

Commissioner's Instruction No. 8 – Codes of conduct and integrity training

 

Treasurer’s Instruction 825: Risk management and security

 

Australian Standard on Fraud and Corruption

 

Corruption and Crime Commission Misconduct Resistance Framework

 

Integrity Coordinating Group: Identifying and managing conflicts of interest in the Western Australian public sector

 

Risk management guidelines

5.3  The people management frameworks define the response to non-ethical behaviours

Equal Opportunity Act 1984  (Parts II to IVB , Section 67 , Part VI and Part VIII Division 2)

 

Commissioner’s Instruction No 7 – Code of Ethics

 

Agency specific policies

 
5.4  Processes are in place to provide supervision and assistance and enable follow up of non-compliance (e.g. through public interest disclosure)

Public Sector Management Act 1994  ( Part 5 Division 3)

 

Corruption and Crime Commission Act 2003

 

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003

 
5.5  A structured process is in place to monitor official conduct and professional behaviour (e.g. compliance audit, performance management)

Public Sector Commission Disciplinary procedures

 

Commissioner’s Instruction No 7 – Code of Ethics

 
Reporting

Financial Management Act 2006  (Part 5 Division 2)

 

Corruption and Crime Commission Notification guidelines for principal officers of public authorities

 

Electoral Act 1907 (s175ZE) expenditure on advertising, market research, polling and direct mail)

 

Corruption and Crime Commission Misconduct Resistance Framework

 

Commissioner's Instruction No. 8 – Codes of conduct and integrity training

Annual reporting guidelines

 

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003

 

 

 


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