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Simplified reporting obligations for public officers

The statutory responsibilities of the State’s key public integrity agencies – the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Office for Public Integrity (OPI) and Ombudsman SA – were recently changed by the South Australian Parliament. Simultaneously, the way reports of corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration are dealt with and the reporting obligations that […]

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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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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 […]

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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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Commencement of Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme

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 […]

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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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From undue influence 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 […]

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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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