As a public sector agency the University has legislative obligations under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 (CC Act) and is subject to the jurisdiction of the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

It is the responsibility of the Integrity and Investigations Unit to ensure that the University’s legislative obligations under the CC Act are met. This involves maintaining policies and procedures with regard to corrupt conduct matters, assessing and dealing with complaints or information about the conduct that may amount to corrupt conduct, and notifying the CCC of such matters if the conduct is reasonably suspected to amount to corrupt conduct as defined by the CC Act.

Common examples of corrupt conduct include fraud and theft, extortion, unauthorized release of information, nepotism and abuse of public office. You can view the precise legal definition for corrupt conduct here, but corrupt conduct is conduct by anyone that meets each of the four following elements:

1. Effect of the conduct

Does the conduct adversely affect, or have the potential to affect, how a public agency or public official carries out their duties or exercises their powers?

2. Result of the conduct

Has the conduct resulted, or could result in the performance of duties or exercise of powers in a way that:

  • is not honest or impartial, or

  • involves a breach of the trust placed in a person holding the appointment, either knowingly or recklessly, or

  • involves a misuse of information or other material related to the performance of powers or exercise of functions of a person holding an appointment?

3. Benefit or detriment arising from the conduct

Was the conduct engaged in for the purpose of providing a benefit to the person or another person or causing a detriment to another person?

4. Criminal offence or serious disciplinary breach

If proved, would the conduct be a criminal offence, or a disciplinary breach providing reasonable grounds for dismissal, if the person is or were the holder of an appointment?

Advice

Suspected corrupt conduct about the University or its staff can be reported directly to the IIU or alternatively to the CCC. The IIU can provide you with advice and support in relation to the identification, prevention and management of corrupt conduct matters and matters that may amount to a Public Interest Disclosure.  The University has a zero-tolerance stance on fraud and corruption and all staff must report suspected corrupt conduct in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct and Fraud and Corruption Management Policy - with managers and supervisors being particularly responsible for doing so.

It is important to note that the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (PID Act) affords legislative protection from reprisal (i.e. a detriment) to those who make disclosures about fraud and corruption. The University strongly supports public interest disclosures being made and has a Public Interest Disclosure Policy for the management of such matters.