Pub­lic sec­tor ethics cases up by 5pc

Pilbara News - - News - Dy­lan Ca­porn

The num­ber of pub­lic ser­vants breach­ing eth­i­cal codes rose al­most 5 per cent in the past fi­nan­cial year, Pub­lic Sec­tor Com­mis­sion fig­ures re­veal.

In­creases in bul­ly­ing, from 48 in 2014-15 to 67 in 2015-16, and the mis­use of drugs and al­co­hol, from 60 in 2015 to 87 in 2016, have driven the num­ber of to­tal breaches from 1085 in 2014-15 to 1131 in 2015-16.

Pub­lic ser­vants were also sanc­tioned for per­sonal be­hav­iour, with 382 breaches out of a to­tal of 592 al­le­ga­tions, in­clud­ing 38 counts of im­proper use of web or email and 84 of im­proper use of pub­lic re­sources.

The re­port fo­cused on per­sonal use of pub­licly funded fa­cil­i­ties by pub­lic of­fi­cers after the im­ple­men­ta­tion of mi­nor mis­con­duct re­port­ing ar­range­ments. There were 27 breaches in­volv­ing work­place theft and 47 counts of fraud­u­lent or cor­rupt be­hav­iour.

Sixty-six breaches were re­ferred to the Cor­rup­tion and Crime Com­mis­sion. Al­le­ga­tions made against pub­lic ser­vants rose 9 per cent.

Pub­lic Sec­tor Com­mis­sioner Mal Wau­chope said in the re­port that in the past year it had been noted how pub­lic per­cep­tion could be in­flu­enced by the of­fer and ac­cep­tance of gifts, ben­e­fits and hos­pi­tal­ity. The com­mis­sion also noted an in­crease in em­ploy­ees be­ing aware of the code of ethics from 60 per cent in 2011 to 93 per cent this year.

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