All NSW public sector agencies should take a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and serious misconduct that is uncovered in the workplace. Ideally, however, agencies should be equally committed to preventing misconduct or, at the very least, building a workplace climate that is resistant to misconduct in all its forms. Agencies should also be fostering a climate of integrity and accountability. This report assists this objective by identifying areas that are susceptible to corruption and describing relevant prevention tips, red flags and case studies.
By global standards, NSW is rightly regarded as not having a significant level of public sector corruption. Citizens can go about their regular dealings with government; safe in the assumption that they will not have to pay or offer a bribe for services they require. But, despite this sanguine assessment, the Commission retains a significant caseload of investigations, and reported incidents of corrupt conduct continue to attract a high level of public concern.
As this report indicates, there can be no room for complacency. If systemic and operational weaknesses are not addressed, corruption can take hold and cause significant damage to an agency’s finances, productivity and reputation. The issues, examples and suggestions contained in this report will assist agencies to target the areas of greatest risk.