The Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) in WA has released a toolkit to help public agencies manage misconduct.
While developed specifically for the WA public sector, the CCC told Government News the toolkit is applicable across jurisdictions and has actually attracted more interest from outside the state.
The toolkit: ‘Misconduct Resistance: An integrated governance approach to protecting agency integrity’ has been developed to assist agencies plan, implement and review their own whole of agency approach to misconduct resistance.
The Commission, along with State and Local Government agencies, plan to accompany the guide with a state-wide education program later in the year.
Commissioner Len Roberts-Smith QC said the toolkit contains a comprehensive list of checkpoints to help agencies assess and deal with their misconduct risks.
“Recent events around Australia have shown the tremendous damage allegations of misconduct can have on agencies, their work, reputation and employees."
Carolyn Jones, the CCC principal consultant – corruption prevention, education and research told Government News the guide is applicable across jurisdictions and government agencies.
“While the educational series has been developed to help Western Australian public sector authorities both recognise and deal effectively with misconduct (corruption) as a significant business risk, the prevention and management of corruption in the public sector is an issue of concern for all public authorities nationally,” she said.
“The conceptual foundation…draws on the Corruption and Crime Commission’s own experience; the work of other integrity bodies across Australia; risk management methodology; as well as ethics and organisational development literature.”
Representatives from close to 50 different public agencies and authorities from state and local government were involved in the toolkit’s development.
“A successful approach to misconduct requires a partnership between the CCC, individual agencies and other oversight and support bodies,” Mr Roberts-Smith said.
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