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APS Values and Code of Conduct data

Elements of Code of Conduct breached 2015-16

Element 2015 2016
Uphold the APS Values and agency reputation 79.3% 75.6%
Act with care and diligence 50.0% 57.1%
Behave honestly and with integrity 53.0% 56.9%
Comply with any lawful and reasonable direction 24.3% 25.6%
Treat everyone with respect and courtesy 22.8% 21.2%
Use Commonwealth resources in proper manner 17.9% 18.3%
Not provide false or misleading information 11.2% 9.6%
Take reasonable steps to avoid conflict of interest 24.9% 5.9%
Not make improper use of office 10.8% 5.0%
Comply with all applicable Australian laws 4.2% 2.2%

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Outcomes of investigations into suspected breaches of the Code of Conduct 2014–15 and 2015–16

Outcome 2014-15 2015-16
Breach found and sanction imposed 356 476
Breach found but no sanction imposed—employee resigned 88 94
Breach found but no sanction imposed—other reason 30 54
No breach found 65 85
Investigation discontinued—employee resigned 7 11
Investigation discontinued—other reason 11 14

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Sanctions imposed for breach of the Code of Conduct, 2014–15 and 2015–16

Outcome 2014-15 2015-16
Reprimand 260 354
Reduction in salary 114 181
Deductions from salary by way of a fine 98 130
Termination of employment’ 81 87
Reduction in classification 29 24
Re-assignment of duties 12 9

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Do colleagues in your immediate workgroup act in accordance with the APS Values in their everyday work? 2015-16

  2015 2016
Always/often 88% 88%
Sometimes 8% 9%
Rarely/Never 2% 2%
Not sure 2% 1%

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Does your supervisor act in accordance with the APS Values in his or her everyday work? 2015-16

  2015 2016
Always/often 89% 89%
Sometimes 7% 7%
Rarely/Never 2% 2%
Not sure 2% 2%

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Do senior leaders (i.e. the SES) in your agency act in accordance with the APS values? 2015-16

  2015 2016
Always/often 69% 68%
Sometimes 12% 13%
Rarely/Never 4% 4%
Not sure 16% 4%

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