Public sector ethics cases up by 5pc
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.