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Integrity and Code of Conduct data

Finalised investigations and breaches of the APS Code of Conduct, 2012–13 to 2014–15

Year Finalised investigations Breaches of Code of Conduct found
Number of employees Breaches from finalised investigations (%)
2014-15 557 474 85
2013–14 592 480 81
2012–13 516 385 75

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Nature of reported and finalised breaches of the Code of Conduct 2013–14 to 2014-15

Type of misconduct

Employees investigated for this element of the Code (number) Employees found to have breached this element of the Code (% of those investigated)
2013-14 2014–15 2013-14 2014-15
At all times behave in a way that upholds the APS Values and APS Employment Principles and the integrity and good reputation of the employee’s Agency and the APS 441 421 84 89
Behave honestly and with integrity in connection with APS employment 296 307 79 82
Disclose, and take reasonable steps to avoid, any conflict of interest (real or apparent) in connection with APS employment 227 136 93 87
Act with care and diligence in connection with APS employment 228 262 86 90
When acting in connection with APS employment, treat everyone with respect and courtesy, and without harassment 169 151 67 72
Comply with any lawful and reasonable direction given by someone in the employee’s agency who has the authority to give the direction 163 132 82 87
Not make improper use of inside information, or the employee’s duties, status, power or authority, to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or advantage for the employee or any other person 124 74 64 69
Use Commonwealth resources in a proper manner 122 104 75 82
Not provide false or misleading information in response to a request for information that is made for official purposes in connection with the employee’s APS employment 41 66 80 80
When acting in connection with APS employment, comply with all applicable Australian laws 25 33 76 61
While on duty overseas, at all times behave in a way that upholds the good reputation of Australia 4 3 75 67
Comply with any other conduct requirement that is prescribed by the regulations 2 1 100 0
Maintain appropriate confidentiality about dealings that the employee has with any minister or minister’s member of staff 1 0 0 0

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Staff are encouraged to speak up about policy or delivery risks

  Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree
Percentage 62.8 23.4 13.8

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Perception of immediate supervisor accountability by agency size

  Micro/Extra Small/Small Medium Large Extra Large
Percentage 78.3 77.3 78.4 74.4

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