Integrity Coordinating Group

The Integrity Coordinating Group promotes policy coherence and operational coordination in the ongoing work of Western Australia's core public sector integrity institutions.

The Integrity Coordinating Group seeks to achieve operational cooperation and consistency through public awareness, workplace education, prevention, advice and investigation activities across a range of integrity themes.

The group is not established by any statute and is an informal administrative arrangement to enable member agencies to coordinate their activities, avoid duplication and overlap, and better promote integrity to the public sector. Each member remains bound by their own statutory powers and limitations.

The group comprises the:

 

Integrity in public authorities

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Integrity means earning and sustaining public trust by:
  • serving the public interest
  • using powers responsibly, for the purpose and in the manner for which they were intended
  • acting with honesty and transparency, making reasoned decisions without bias by following fair and objective processes
  • preventing and addressing improper conduct, disclosing facts without hiding or distorting them
  • not allowing decisions or actions to be influenced by personal or private interests.

Political impartiality

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The public sector serves the public as determined by the democratically elected Government of the day, without bias towards one political party or another. This ‘political impartiality’ endures so there is continuity in the business of government regardless of which party is in power.

Impartiality means neutrality, independence and objectivity, fairness and balance, open-mindedness and even-handedness. This detachment does not mean apathy, indifference or unresponsiveness to public policy priorities determined by the Government and parliament.

Political impartiality requires public officers to demonstrate loyalty to the state of Western Australia, led by the elected Government, and to successive governments, and enables successive governments to have confidence in the public sector. In addition, the way public servants interact with the community affects the perceptions and attitudes the community have of public sector agencies and officers.

Serving the public interest also involves identifying and promoting opportunities to serve the Western Australian public, and advocating innovative solutions to community concerns. In serving the duly elected Government, a balance needs to be maintained between the dual roles of public servants being responsible to the minister and responsive to the public.

Conflicts of interest - Guidelines for the WA public sector

Conflicts of interest - Guidelines for the WA public sector
Conflicts of interest - Guidelines for the WA public sector
Conflicts of interest - Scenario 1 - Managing procurement processes, tenders and contracts
Conflicts of interest - Scenario 2 - Sponsorship from the private sector
Conflicts of interest - Scenario 3 - Wearing two hats dual roles as a public officer
Conflicts of interest - Scenario 4 - Representative members on boards and committees
Conflicts of interest - Scenario 5 - Allocation of grants for community-based services
Conflicts of interest - Scenario 6 - Gifts, benefits and hospitality
Conflicts of interest - Scenario 7 - Recruitment, selection and appointment
Conflicts of interest - Scenario 8 - Secondary employment

Gifts, benefit and hospitality - A guide to good practice

Gifts benefits and hospitality - A guide to good practice
Gifts benefits and hospitality - A guide to good practice
Tickets and hospitality - Integrity controls checklist

Integrity in decision making

Integrity in decision making - Power - Information sheet
Integrity in decision making - Principles - Information sheet
Integrity in decision making - Proper process - Information sheet
Integrity in decision making - Proportionate outcomes - Information sheet
Integrity in decision making - Checklist for decision makers
Integrity in decision making - Checklist for decision makers
Integrity in decision making - Checklist for public authorities
Integrity in decision making - Checklist for public authorities
Page reviewed 30 June 2020