How to handle dodgy public servants: quick assessments and misconduct guidelines


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Handling misconduct can be tricky in the public service. Guidance for managers in the APS has just been updated to make navigating the current framework easier, while at Defence, the quick assessment process is being replaced with a new policy and recording system.

The Australian Public Service Commission has updated its guide to handling misconduct, first published in 2007, to reflect a range of legislative and administrative changes and incorporate feedback from federal agencies.

The short, HTML-based handbook makes good use of info-graphics to make sure managers feel empowered to take the action that is required to deal with problem-causing employees.

Commissioner John Lloyd writes:

“This guide, Handling Misconduct, is designed to support managers to take the most appropriate action at every stage of the misconduct process. This includes when unacceptable behaviour by APS employees is first identified through to terminating their employment where that is justified.

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