Appendix H - Compliance statements

In accordance with s. 31(2) of the Public Sector Management Act 1994 (PSM Act), organisations which are not listed in Schedule 1 of the Financial Management Act 2006 (FM Act) are required to provide each year to the Public Sector Commissioner a statement on the extent to which they have complied with the public sector standards in human resource management, codes of ethics and any relevant code of conduct.

These compliance statements are reported below, in accordance with s. 31(4) of the PSM Act. Some non-SES organisations report with an affiliated entity instead under s. 31(1), and this is indicated where relevant.

Compliance statements provided under the PSM Act, 2012/13

Architects Board of Western Australia

No compliance issues concerning the public sector standards, the Code of Ethics or the board’s code of conduct arose during the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.

Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP)

The CCYP has a strong commitment to promoting integrity in official conduct.

The CCYP is an independent statutory officer, reporting directly to the Parliament. The Commissioner is committed to achieving high standards of monitoring and ensuring compliance with the public sector standards, the Code of Ethics and the office’s code of conduct. The corporate executive, which includes the Commissioner, leads and promotes these standards within the office.

The office has policies, procedures and processes that support the application of:

  • the Code of Ethics
  • the public sector standards in human resource management
  • the Commissioner’s code of conduct and management of conflict of interest policy
  • a family friendly workplace.

In the reporting period, the office has:

  • incorporated all key public sector and CCYP documents in staff induction kits and programs, with all new staff required to attend ethics and accountability training
  • continued to promote the code of conduct to all staff, including through the CCYP induction package for new staff
  • held regular staff meetings where any matters relevant to public sector standards could be raised and discussed
  • reviewed and endorsed the CCYP disciplinary policy to more clearly identify responsibilities and actions to be taken in the event of a disciplinary matter
  • implemented a substandard performance management policy which was made available to all staff
  • reviewed and endorsed several policies to ensure they remain current and promote the principles contained within the public sector standards and Code of Ethics, including gifts, benefits and rewards, management of conflicts of interest, grievances, staff attendance, and delegations.

The Commissioner has established procedures to ensure compliance with s. 31(2) of the PSM Act and has conducted appropriate internal assessments of recruitment practices and processes.

In 2012/13, there were no applications made for breaches of standards.

There has been no evidence of non-compliance with the Code of Ethics.

Commissioner for Equal Opportunity

In accordance with s. 31(2) of the PSM Act, the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity has fully complied with regard to the public sector standards, Commissioner’s instructions, the Code of Ethics and the entity’s code of conduct.

Commission for Occupational Safety and Health

Reported under the Department of Commerce in accordance with s. 31(1) of the PSM Act.

Conservation Commission of Western Australia

The Department of Environment and Conservation undertook human resource management for the Conservation Commission in 2012/13 under an operational relationship agreement.

In the administration of the Conservation Commission, the Director has complied with the public sector standards in human resource management, the Code of Ethics and the Conservation Commission’s code of conduct.

Information on both the Code of Ethics and the code of conduct is provided to employees on commencement with the Conservation Commission.

No complaints have been lodged under the Code of Ethics during the reporting period and there have been no instances of misconduct.

Environmental Protection Authority

Reported under the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority in accordance with s. 31(1) of the PSM Act.

Legal Practice Board

The Legal Practice Board has fully complied with s. 31(2) of the PSM Act as it relates to the operations of the Board. The Board continues to be fully compliant with regard to the public sector standards and the Code of Ethics.

The Board is committed to maintaining a high standard of accountability, integrity and transparency in all its functions and activities, in line with the public sector standards. As part of this, the Board continues to undertake a program to review and update all the Board’s policies relating to its internal and external functions, including human resource and workforce management. The Board is committed to continuing to develop its own code of conduct, both for Board members and Board staff, in line with Commissioner’s Instruction No. 8 - Codes of conduct and integrity training.

In accordance with s.31 (2) of the PSM Act, the Board provides the following information regarding compliance during the period under review:

  • nil breach claims
  • information on the standards is provided at recruitment and the Code of Ethics is included in the Offer of Employment contract
  • all employees receive an induction manual on employment with the Board, and the Code of Ethics is included in the Board’s employee induction manual (the employee induction manual sets out all the Board’s policies and conditions of employment, and all employees are required to sign a document stating they have read the manual)
  • training is provided to persons on recruitment panels to ensure compliance with relevant standards
  • the Board’s policies are consistent with ethical principles and are subject to regular review and updating.

The Board is committed to continually seeking to review and update its current practices through avenues such as the auditing and review of its functions, performance management, ongoing training, and seeking feedback from all stakeholders.

Office of the Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment

Reported under the Public Sector Commission in accordance with s. 31(1) of the PSM Act.

Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC)

The OIC operates under an established code of conduct that references the Code of Ethics. OIC also has an employee grievance resolution policy in place. All new staff are provided with a copy of the code and grievance policy as part of an induction pack, and these documents are also available to staff on the OIC intranet.

The OIC has a low rate of staff turnover and has only recently been solely responsible for its own staff recruitment and human resource processes. Three new employees were appointed during 2012/13 and the Employment standard was adhered to at all levels.

The OIC is committed to complying with the standards and codes set out by the Public Sector Commission. Improvement to OIC policies and procedures is always encouraged through open discussion and regular audits.

Office of the Public Advocate

Reported under the Department of the Attorney General in accordance with s. 31(1) of the PSM Act.

Parliamentary Commissioner for Administrative Investigations (Ombudsman)

In the administration of the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administrative Investigations, I have complied with the public sector standards in human resource management, the Code of Ethics and the office’s code of conduct.

I have put in place procedures designed to ensure such compliance, and conducted appropriate internal assessments to satisfy myself that the above statement is correct.

Parliamentary Superannuation Board

Reported under the Government Employees Superannuation Board in accordance with s. 31(1) of the PSM Act.

Plumbers Licensing Board

Reported under the Department of Commerce in accordance with s. 31(1) of the PSM Act.

Salaries and Allowances Tribunal

Reported under the Public Sector Commission in accordance with s. 31(1) of the PSM Act.

Solicitor General

Reported under the Department of the Attorney General in accordance with s. 31(1) of the PSM Act.

State Heritage Office

Reported under the Heritage Council of Western Australia in accordance with s. 31(1) of the PSM Act.

Veterinary Surgeons’ Board

There were no issues during the 2012/13 financial year regarding compliance with the public sector standards and ethical codes. Staff have been made aware of the standards and codes, and have access to hard copies.

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Appendix G - Machinery of government changes

Appendix I - Abbreviations


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