WA expanding flexibility in misconduct management

Western Australia has recognised that not every public official misconduct matter needs the full force of a corruption commission. In cases of minor misconduct, CEOs now have the choice to instead notify the Public Sector Commission, which has the expertise to assist agencies in promoting integrity and minimising wrongdoing.

On July 1 2015 the way misconduct is managed and reported in Western Australia changed. The new framework is the result of the proclamation of the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003.

Under the new misconduct framework the WA Corruption and Crime Commission will concentrate its expertise and resources on addressing the most serious misconduct and systemic crime and corruption risks in public authorities. It will continue its oversight role in police misconduct allegations. The WA Public Sector Commission takes responsibility for the oversight of minor misconduct of public officers (except for WA Police) and for misconduct prevention and education programs.

John McKechnie

John McKechnie

Corruption and crime commissioner John McKechnie QC said he was pleased to have taken up his role at a time of this significant change.

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