Commissioner’s Instruction 40: Ethical Foundations requires each public sector agency to provide formal and planned integrity training on its code of conduct and for each staff and board member to complete it.
This formal training needs to be customised to reflect the agency’s legislative and operating conditions and risk profile. Appropriate records must be kept of how many current staff and board members complete the training and the year they complete it.
Each public sector agency is also required to provide formal and planned refresher integrity training on its code no less than every 3 years. Refresher training is training that brings integrity messages back to ‘top of mind’. The agency should take the opportunity during refresher training to update staff and board members on relevant changes to its structure and operating conditions, new or emerging integrity risks identified, and updates on its code, integrity policies and procedures. It can be the full training again or an abridged version.
The Accountable and Ethical Decision Making training materials previously provided by the Commission have been replaced by the Developing Code of Conduct Training and generic sample core content.
Public sector agencies should refer to these materials when reviewing training in the next review cycle and ensure training closely reflects the requirements of its code.