Launch of Justice Integrity Framework

Media release
The Department of Justice has strengthened its commitment to professional standards and ethical conduct with the adoption of a formal integrity framework.
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The Justice Integrity Framework will apply across the Department, setting out the high standards of professional and ethical conduct that staff are required to demonstrate.

"These standards apply wherever in the Department our staff work, from courts to prisons and everywhere in between," Director General Dr Adam Tomison said.

The adoption of the framework fulfils recommendations of several recent external reports relating to the State’s prison system, including a 2018 CCC report on crime and misconduct risks.

"The implementation of this Framework will ensure we are well-placed to maintain standards and to respond to integrity issues," Dr Tomison said.

"We have also improved the Department’s corporate governance regime and set up a new Professional Standards Division, which will monitor expected standards of behaviour across the Department.

"Professional Standards has a central role to play in auditing our services, promoting ethical conduct, investigating and preventing misconduct, and in providing a safe environment to report unethical conduct, across the whole agency. This is what the State Government, our key stakeholders in the community and the Western Australian public quite reasonably expect of us as public servants," Dr Tomison said.

The Justice Integrity Framework will apply across the Department, setting out the high standards of professional and ethical conduct that staff are required to demonstrate.

"These standards apply wherever in the Department our staff work, from courts to prisons and everywhere in between," Director General Dr Adam Tomison said.

The adoption of the framework fulfils recommendations of several recent external reports relating to the State’s prison system, including a 2018 CCC report on crime and misconduct risks.

"The implementation of this Framework will ensure we are well-placed to maintain standards and to respond to integrity issues," Dr Tomison said.

"We have also improved the Department’s corporate governance regime and set up a new Professional Standards Division, which will monitor expected standards of behaviour across the Department.

"Professional Standards has a central role to play in auditing our services, promoting ethical conduct, investigating and preventing misconduct, and in providing a safe environment to report unethical conduct, across the whole agency. This is what the State Government, our key stakeholders in the community and the Western Australian public quite reasonably expect of us as public servants," Dr Tomison said.

Page reviewed 1 October 2019
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