Victorian bureaucrats: would you know corruption if you saw it?


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Victorian public servants risk complacency on corruption, according to research published by the state’s corruption watchdog. There’s a lack of focus on the risks.

2014-12-09_16-44-47While high-profile corruption proceedings continue in New South Wales, public servants in Victoria risk overlooking corrupt behaviour because it’s not on their radar, according to research released by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission.

Agencies were found to generally have sufficient awareness and processes relating to fraud and misconduct, but corruption “was not a specific focus”.

The most commonly reported risks were in the areas of procurement, breach of IT or information security, financial misconduct by employees, misconduct relating to recruitment or human resources and theft or misuse of resources by employees.

The report — A review of integrity frameworks in Victorian public sector agencies — argues that while not all agencies operate in ways that involve a significant risk of corruption:

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