Connecting the dots – Should declared interests be registered under the Commonwealth’s Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme?
With the commencement of another Planning Development and Review cycle supervisors may receive declarations by staff of conflicts of interest, or become aware of someone seeking to exert undue influence over staff members’ activities. If not acknowledged and properly managed, conflicts of interest or undue influence can significantly detract from staff performance and undermine the […]
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, […]
The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme introduces a new registration requirement for anyone acting on behalf of a foreign entity where the intended purpose is to influence political outcomes. The Scheme commences on Monday, 10 December 2018. The Scheme has been designed to ensure anyone exerting such influence on Australian government policies or democratic processes does […]
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 themselves, but the Commissioner’s point is that they are not an appropriate medium for official business transactions and records. Persistent […]
From undue interest to foreign interference – some integrity obligations you should know not to ignore
In the day to day pursuit of University objectives, there are some obligations that may be more difficult to recognise and will require additional vigilance before the right decision can be made. This is because the right decision requires due consideration of broader legal and ethical contexts and awareness of the various (maybe competing) interests […]
Contractors might be working for themselves or a private company, but if they are performing contract work for the University then they are a public officer under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (SA). The Commissioner, Hon Bruce Lander QC, will explain the mandatory reporting obligations that apply to contractors at the upcoming event […]
South Australian public officers are invited to attend a general awareness session hosted by the Commissioner, the Hon Bruce Lander QC. The next session has been scheduled for: Thursday 17th August 9:30-10:30am Theatrette, 55 Currie Street, Adelaide, SA You can register here.
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 Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (SA).
The Commissioner, the Hon Bruce Lander QC, will be hosting an awareness session on Monday 27 February 2017 9:30-10:30am in the Theatrette, Ground Floor, 55 Currie Street Adelaide SA. You can register here. Everyone involved with the University is a Public Officer All public authorities and all public officers need to understand and meet obligations […]
‘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 […]