Integrity Agencies Group
Key outcomes - Latest
Meeting date: 25 October 2022
At the 25 October 2022 Integrity Agencies Group meeting, the Group discussed:
• The National Anti-Corruption Commission Legislation.
• Incoming Commonwealth Ombudsman Mr Iain Anderson’s update on the role and functions of the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
• The APS Reform plan announced on 13 October 2022 by Senator the Hon Katy Gallagher, Minister for the Public Service.
• The Cyber Hub Pilot work being progressed by the Secretaries Digital Committee and the Digital Transformation Agency.
Terms of reference
The mission of the Integrity Agencies Group (IAG) is to ensure that integrity is at the centre of the work of the public sector, and that the APS approach to integrity is integrated, capable, agile and transparent.
The IAG leads coordination, enhancement and promotion of institutional integrity across the Commonwealth, including by:
- Championing an integrated and collaborative approach to integrity within Commonwealth agencies and look for opportunities for improvement.
- Identifying gaps in existing capability, processes and practices for dealing with integrity risks
- Sharing information about activities and trends in integrity assurance and combating corruption
- Informing itself about Commonwealth integrity and anti-corruption strategies, with the objective of supporting coherent and well informed activity
- Engaging with major government reform initiatives to ensure due regard is paid to adopting modern integrity and anti-corruption practices.
- Promoting the importance of complaint resolution, auditing, independent investigations and transparency as key elements of an integrity framework.
The IAG will meet twice a year, or more frequently if required.
IAG membership is at the agency head level (or, where formal acting arrangements are in place, acting agency head level).
Meetings will be chaired by the Australian Public Service Commissioner.
Secretariat support will be provided by the Australian Public Service Commission.
A brief communique articulating outcomes of each meeting will be published on the IAG page on the APSC website.
The Integrity Agencies Group includes:
- Australian Public Service Commissioner (Chair)
- Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner
- Merit Protection Commissioner
- Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department
- Chief Executive Officer, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
- Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
- Deputy Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Integrity Commissioner
- Commonwealth Ombudsman
- Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
- Australian Information Commissioner
- President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
- Chief Executive Officer, Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority
- Australian Federal Police Commissioner
Key outcomes - Previous
Meeting date: 24 March 2022
At the 24 March 2022 Integrity Agencies Group meeting, the Group discussed:
- The Set the Standard: Report on the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces (2021) and implementation of the report’s recommendations.
- The Australian Government’s role in supporting Indonesia's G20 Presidency in 2022.
- New measures in the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2022 and the development of a Senior Executive Service masterclass series on integrity culture.
Meeting date: 15 November 2021
At the 15 November 2021 Integrity Agencies Group meeting, the Group discussed:
- The establishment of the Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre, and the value of data in integrity oversight roles.
- Key insights arising from the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity’s (ACLEI) investigations in 2021.
- The establishment of the Parliamentary Workplace Support Service (PWSS).
- Activities delivered to coincide with Integrity Month and International Fraud Awareness Week, including the ‘Integrity Podcast Series’ and ’APS Craft Conversations’.
- The rollout of a Strengthening Partnerships pilot and development of a SES masterclass series on integrity culture.
Meeting date: 21 July 2021
At the 21 July 2021 Integrity Agencies Group meeting, the Group discussed:
- The recommendations set out in the Review of the Parliamentary Workplace: Responding to Serious Incidents consultation report.
- Proposed reforms to the Public Interest Disclosure regime.
- Reflections on the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s role.
- The launch of the APS Academy, focussing on six ‘craft’ areas, with ‘integrity’ at the centre.
- Other integrity-related learning and development initiatives being rolled out to complement the APS Academy’s work, along with a refresh of some of the Australian Public Service Commission’s integrity-related guidance materials.
Meeting date: 19 April 2021
At the 19 April 2021 Integrity Agencies Group meeting, the Group discussed:
- Updates on the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Legislation Amendment (CIC Establishment and Other Measures) Bill - Exposure Draft.
- The Government’s response to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Respect@Work Report – the ‘Roadmap to Respect’.
- Updates on other integrity matters, including the rollout of foundational integrity training.
Meeting date: 4 November 2020
At the 4 November 2020 Integrity Agencies Group meeting, the Group discussed:
- The release of the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Legislation Amendment (CIC Establishment and Other Measures) Bill - Exposure Draft (ED).
- The project around reinforcing integrity in the APS.
- The implementation of the APSC’s Social Media Guidance and proposed updates on the Guidance for Agency Heads on Gifts and Benefits.
Meeting date: 14 July 2020
At the 14 July 2020 Integrity Agencies Group meeting, the Group discussed the:
- recent integrity related reports including the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s Respect@Work Report and the ANAO’s latest Audit Insights publication;
- consultations undertaken to date to inform the project around reinforcing integrity in the APS and early themes arising; and
- proposed revisions to the APSC’s Social Media Policy.
Meeting Date: 6 March 2020
At the 6 March 2020 Integrity Agencies Group meeting, the Group discussed:
- the role of the IAG in working with the Office of the Pacific and our regional partners in ensuring public sector integrity in the Pacific;
- proposed project plan for the APS reforms on reinforcing integrity in the APS; and
- an update on the Government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission.
Meeting date: 12 December 2019
At the 12 December 2019 meeting of the Integrity Agencies Group (IAG), it was agreed that the Terms of Reference and governance arrangements for the Group would be updated.
The revised Terms of Reference clearly capture the IAG’s critical leadership role in driving and championing institutional integrity as a core capability of the APS, with a particular focus on leading coordination, enhancement and promotion of a pro-integrity culture in the APS.
The IAG discussed the status of the Government’s Commonwealth Integrity Commission bill, implementation of proposals outlined in the APS Review, and proposed updates to APSC guidance materials on integrity matters which are planned in 2020.