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Everything you need to know to be a good Public Officer

If you are reading this, you probably have an obligation under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 to report certain types of activities or conduct to the Office for Public Integrity. This is because the University is a Public Authority and that means anyone that contributes to its operations is a Public Officer*.

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Anti-corruption challenges – could you spot a trusted insider?

Most of us have played variations of “spot the difference” – like the classic game of Where’s Wally? Identifying a concealed difference amongst a group of  people you know and trust can be much more challenging. In some cases, not understanding this challenge in the workplace can have devastating consequences for you and your colleagues. […]

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International Anti-Corruption Day reminder: If you see it, report it!

Last Sunday – 9 December 2018 – was International Anti-Corruption Day. The Day serves to remind everyone that fraud, bribery and corruption are unpalatable features of the global and domestic economies which undermine opportunities for fair exchanges between countries, organisations and individuals. The United Nations has identified the negative impact corruption has on education, health, […]

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ICAC hones in on private email accounts – again

Editor’s Note: SA integrity laws were amended in October 2021, which has changed reporting obligations for Public Officers. Further information The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption has again cautioned public officers about using private email accounts for business purposes in his latest annual report (2017/18). There is nothing wrong with private email accounts in and of […]

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ICAC obligations for contractors too

Did you know that it’s not just University staff who are public officers? Contractors to the University are public officers too, and as such have the same responsibilities and obligations under the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 2012 (SA).

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The FYI of FOI

The Freedom of Information Act 1991 (SA) (the FOI Act) gives everyone the right to request access to documents held by public agencies, including universities. Did you know that over 220,000 Freedom of Information applications have been submitted to public agencies in South Australia since 1992? On average about 15 applications per year are made […]

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Why the medium for your message always counts

Editorial note: This article was updated in November 2021. We often work at a hectic pace. Mobile communications systems mean that we can transact business wherever we are. On average, we each send or receive 122 emails in a working day. In these circumstances there are lots of reasons why the medium for your communication […]

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Gift or Gaffe? – the dilemma of students bearing gifts

‘Tis the season for giving and it’s not uncommon for students to offer their lecturers a gift as a token of their appreciation. But there is a difference between a token and a “gift of influence” which could be intended or perceived as a bribe. Students offering gifts or incentives (financial & otherwise) to staff in […]

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