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November 2017

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15 November 2017 Ombudsman Western Australia
This month, Perth will host the ‘29th Australasian and Pacific Ombudsman Region Conference’. This year’s conference is themed ‘Connections in our Australasian-Pacific Region’ and will be attended by delegates from across the Australasian and Pacific Ombudsman Region.
Ombudsman releases 2016-17 annual report
1 November 2017 Ombudsman Western Australia
The Ombudsman Western Australia Annual Report 2016-17, recently tabled in the Parliament, outlines the work undertaken by the Office of the Ombudsman during the reporting period.

April 2017

Auditor General findings relevant to all State Government agencies
12 April 2017 Office of the Auditor General
The Auditor General has released two reports that provide insight into good practice and will assist agencies in evaluating their own performance.

March 2017

Western Australian Ombudsman, Chris Field
24 March 2017 Ombudsman Western Australia
Domestic violence fatalities were the subject of a speech by the Western Australian Ombudsman, Chris Field, at a recent international conference.

November 2016

State of the sectors 2016—Reassess, reinvent, reinforce
17 November 2016 Public Sector Commission
Public Sector Commissioner, Mal Wauchope made his sixth, annual State of the sectors 2016—Reassess, reinvent, reinforce report and accompanying statistical bulletin available on the Commission’s website today.

October 2016

Ombudsman Western Australia: Annual Report 2015-16
3 October 2016 Ombudsman Western Australia
The Ombudsman Western Australian Annual Report 2015-16 was recently tabled in the Parliament of Western Australia, which outlines the work undertaken by the Office of the Ombudsman during the reporting period.

August 2016

Ombudsman improves access to services for children and young people
30 August 2016 Ombudsman Western Australia
‘It’s OK to complain about problems you are having with government services, we’re here to help’ is the message of Western Australian Ombudsman, Chris Field, to children and young people.

June 2016

Starter Kit for new ombudsmen and developing or expanding offices
16 June 2016 Ombudsman Western Australia
On 3 May 2016, Mr Chris Field, International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) Treasurer and Western Australian Ombudsman, launched a 'Starter Kit for new ombudsmen and developing or expanding offices' (Starter Kit) at the 2016 Australasian and Pacific Ombudsman Region (APOR) Conference held in Melbourne.
Ombudsman Western Australia: Strategic Plan 2016-2018
16 June 2016 Ombudsman Western Australia
The Ombudsman Western Australia has published a strategic plan for the period 2016-2018, which details the ‘vision’, ‘mission’, key stakeholders, ‘values’, strategic direction and ‘key measures of success’ for the organisation.

March 2016

Mr Chris Field, Western Australian Ombudsman
17 March 2016 Ombudsman Western Australia
In March 2016, Mr Chris Field, Western Australian Ombudsman, presented at the Summer Series Civil Law Day hosted by Legal Aid WA.
Report cover
16 March 2016 Office of the Auditor General
In a report released today, the Auditor General found that the management of concessions by agencies was generally satisfactory, although there was room for improvement. Eight agencies that offer an estimated $227 million per annum in concessions were audited and we found 7 could improve their handling of concessions.

December 2015

Ombudsman hosts delegation from Ombudsman Republik Indonesia, September 2015
30 December 2015 Ombudsman Western Australia
The Office of the Western Australian Ombudsman has been involved with the Indonesian/Australian Ombudsman Linkages and Strengthening Program since 2005 in collaboration with the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the New South Wales Ombudsman.
Western Australian Ombudsman Annual Report 2014-15
9 December 2015 Ombudsman Western Australia
The Western Australian Ombudsman 2014-15 annual report is now available.
CCC warns against the Seven Deadly Sins of Corruption to mark International Anti-Corruption Day
8 December 2015 Corruption and Crime Commission
The CCC is using social media to promote the fight against corruption with the release on YouTube and the CCC Website of a clip highlighting 'the seven deadly sins of corruption'.
Ombudsman tables report on investigation into domestic violence
3 December 2015 Ombudsman Western Australia
The Western Australian Ombudsman undertakes an important responsibility to review family and domestic violence fatalities. Arising from this work, the Ombudsman identified the need to undertake a major own motion investigation into issues associated with violence restraining orders and their relationship with family and domestic violence fatalities.
Verifying Employee Identity and Credentials report
2 December 2015 Office of the Auditor General
Mr Murphy said agencies needed to improve screening of potential employees so that they know who they are employing and that checks are undertaken on a person's identity, integrity and academic credentials when they are being considered for employment.
Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference  2015
1 December 2015 Public Sector Commission
On 18 and 19 November 2015, the Corruption and Crime Commissioner, Auditor General and Public Sector Commissioner attended the Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (APSACC) in Brisbane.

November 2015

State of the WA public sector 2015 - Creating opportunities
18 November 2015 Public Sector Commission
On Wednesday 18 November 2015, the State of the WA public sector 2015 - Creating opportunities report was tabled in Parliament.

July 2015

The functions and responsibilities of the Public Sector Commission and Corruption and Crime Commission changed on 1 July.
16 July 2015 Public Sector Commission
The functions and responsibilities of the Public Sector Commission and Corruption and Crime Commission changed on 1 July.

May 2015

Asbestos Management in Public Sector Agencies
1 May 2015 Office of the Auditor General
In his latest report, Asbestos Management in Public Sector Agencies, Auditor General Colin Murphy has reinforced the need for all agencies have up-to-date registers of the location and condition of asbestos in their buildings and management plans to address asbestos risks.

April 2015

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30 April 2015 Corruption and Crime Commission
John McKechnie, QC, will take-up his five-year appointment as Western Australia’s Corruption and Crime Commissioner on Tuesday 28 April 2015.
Auditor General finds agencies generally complying with requirements for managing and monitoring motor vehicles, but several have room for improvement
29 April 2015 Office of the Auditor General
Mr Colin Murphy, Auditor General said agencies needed to ensure they were following the recommendations in the report tabled today, Managing and Monitoring Motor Vehicle Usage. This includes ensuring that all vehicles are leased through State Fleet, unless prior approval from State Fleet is obtained
Auditor General identifies areas of improvement for all agencies to consider regarding air travel
29 April 2015 Office of the Auditor General
Mr Colin Murphy, Auditor General said agencies needed to act on opportunities identified in his latest report, Official Public Sector Air Travel, including better policies and procedures, using online bookings to reduce transaction costs and making use of the ‘Best Fare of the Day’ to minimise flight costs.

March 2015

Chris Field, Western Australian Ombudsman
4 March 2015 Ombudsman Western Australia
The office of the Western Australian Ombudsman and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support co-hosted the 4th Australasian Conference on Child Death Inquiries and Reviews in Perth on 6 and 7 November 2014.

October 2014

2 October 2014 Corruption and Crime Commission
Chief Executives Officers from government agencies who fail to notify the Corruption and Crime Commission of suspected misconduct in their organisation may themselves be guilty of misconduct.
2 October 2014 Corruption and Crime Commission
The Corruption and Crime Commission is urging Government leaders to ensure their employees know they should not accept personal shopping vouchers offered by some event organisers as incentives for registering early for conferences and workshops.

August 2014

Map of WA
14 August 2014 Ombudsman Western Australia
Now in its sixth year, the Regional Awareness and Accessibility Program seeks to ensure that the office of the Ombudsman is accessible to people living and working in regional Western Australia as well as Indigenous communities. From 30 July to 1 August 2014, the Program was conducted in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in the Goldfields Region.
Corruption and Crime Commission logo
13 August 2014 Corruption and Crime Commission
Public officers who lie to the Corruption and Crime Commission are being hit with fines that are 10 times more expensive than the penalty for the offence they chose to lie about.
Corruption and Crime Commission logo
13 August 2014 Corruption and Crime Commission
The Corruption and Crime Commission is preparing a target list of government agencies it considers most vulnerable to misconduct and corruption threats after conducting an unprecedented intelligence gathering exercise across the public sector.

July 2014

Sven Bluemmel
31 July 2014 Office of the Information Commissioner
A presentation by the Western Australian Information Commissioner to the Australian Institute of Administrative Law 2014 National Administrative Law Conference.

May 2014

16 May 2014 Public Sector Commission
As part of its commitment to enhancing engagement with public sector employees in the regions, the Public Sector Commission has run a series of information sessions and training workshops around the state.
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13 May 2014 Corruption and Crime Commission
In a presentation to 35 members of the Local Government Risk Advisory Group earlier this month, Corruption and Crime Commission Manager of Corruption Prevention, Phillip Barden said that coming to grips with misconduct risk in local government is a challenge which requires continuing commitment and priority.
CCC calls for crack down on gifts to local government officers
13 May 2014 Corruption and Crime Commission
Football games in Australia, cricket matches at Lord's Cricket Ground in England and rounds of golf in Dubai – these are just some of the gifts received by a former shire CEO from a company that was awarded lucrative IT contracts for the provision of management systems software.
CCC logo
13 May 2014 Corruption and Crime Commission
‘Check your moral compass’ – that’s the message for all public officers following the sentencing of a former Department of Health facilities manager to four years jail, for corruptly using his position to obtain almost half a million dollars over a six-year period.

April 2014

Calculator and reports
17 April 2014 Office of the Auditor General
The latest report from the Auditor General includes an audit of ‘Controls Over Purchasing Cards,’ in line with a similar audit that was conducted in 2009.
Coverpage of report
16 April 2014 Ombudsman Western Australia
The Western Australian Ombudsman reviews certain child deaths, identifies patterns and trends arising from these reviews and makes recommendations about ways that State government departments and authorities can prevent or reduce further child deaths.

February 2014

Ombudsman WA regional awareness
4 February 2014 Ombudsman Western Australia
Staff from the office of the Ombudsman met with, and provided training to, representatives from public sector and local government agencies in the East Kimberley region, including Kununurra and Wyndham, as part of the Ombudsman’s Regional Awareness and Accessibility Program during November.
Energy and Water Ombudsman WA, Chris Field
4 February 2014 Ombudsman Western Australia
Following the passage of the Water Services Act 2012, the existing Energy Ombudsman Western Australia has become the Energy and Water Ombudsman Western Australia. The Energy and Water Ombudsman investigates and resolves complaints concerning the provision of services by electricity, gas and water services providers.

November 2013

State of the sector report 2013
21 November 2013 Public Sector Commission
On Thursday 21 November 2013, the 'State of the sector report 2013' was tabled in parliament.
More than a matter of trust
20 November 2013 Public Sector Commission
'More than a matter of trust - An examination of integrity checking controls in recruitment and employee induction processes' was tabled in parliament on 19 November 2013.

August 2013

Ombudsman WA
20 August 2013 Ombudsman Western Australia
Ombudsman Chris Field recently travelled to Jakarta, Indonesia between 3 and 4 July as part of a collaborative leadership program.

July 2013

Gifts, benefits and hospitality product
2 July 2013 Public Sector Commission
Western Australia’s Integrity Coordinating Group (ICG) launched its new product 'Gifts, benefits and hospitality - A guide to good practice' at its Perth forum on Tuesday 2 July 2013.

June 2013

Computer with lock around it
19 June 2013 Office of the Auditor General
In a report tabled in parliament on 19 June 2013, Auditor General Colin Murphy has warned agencies about their susceptibility to fraud and corruption.

May 2013

ICG forum flyer
27 May 2013 Public Sector Commission
The Integrity Coordinating Group’s annual Perth Forum will be held on Tuesday 2 July 2013 at the Duxton Hotel, Perth. The Forum will be a series of hypotheticals around the offer, acceptance and provision of gifts benefits and hospitality in Western Australian public bodies.
ICG in Geraldton
16 May 2013 Public Sector Commission
Western Australia’s independent integrity officers visited Geraldton on 9 May to meet with State Government agencies and local governments from the region. The visit was the first time the ICG had convened in a regional centre.
Auditing information
16 May 2013 Office of the Auditor General
Auditor General Colin Murphy has delivered a clear annual financial report card for universities and state training providers, but identified weaknesses in basic information systems, financial and human resource controls that need to be addressed.
Man with arm in sling
8 May 2013 Office of the Auditor General
Getting back to work early is not only important for wellbeing of the injured worker, but can also boost morale and productivity, while helping to address the rising costs of workers’ compensation insurance across the public sector.

April 2013

Dumas House
22 April 2013 Office of the Auditor General
Auditor General Colin Murphy has found in his latest report that while genuine improvements have been made in the management of government office accommodation, serious constraints remain to prevent maximum benefits being achieved.

March 2013

Map of WA
8 March 2013 Ombudsman Western Australia
Now in its fifth year, the Regional Awareness and Accessibility Program seeks to ensure that the office of the Ombudsman is accessible to people living and working in regional Western Australia as well as Indigenous communities.

February 2013

Hands on top of each other
27 February 2013 Corruption and Crime Commission
A forum held on Wednesday 27 February 2013 looked at how the development of a social media strategy or policy to manage newfound risks may involve various divisions within an organisation including communications, human resources, governance and legal areas.
David Klup and Lindon McKenna
13 February 2013 Public Sector Commission
Current ICG Chair, Public Sector Commissioner Mal Wauchope, is pleased to welcome the 2013 ICG Graduate David Klup to the ICG two-year graduate program. Although employed by the Public Sector Commission, as the second graduate selected to be part of the program, David will have the unique opportunity to work in key oversight and accountability agencies across the Western Australian public sector.

January 2013

Railway crossing
3 January 2013 Office of the Auditor General
Risk based decision making, transparency and governance are all key integrity themes emerging from the Auditor General’s recent report into the management of the 49 year rail freight network lease.

December 2012

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19 December 2012 Corruption and Crime Commission
The 4th Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (APSACC) will be held at the Hilton Sydney, from 27 to 28 November 2013, with workshops being offered on November 26.
State of the sector 2012 cover
13 December 2012 Public Sector Commission
On 13 December 2012, the Public Sector Commission published the State of the sector 2012 report. The report includes a comprehensive overview of current public sector administrative performance, key demographic data and information on the WA public sector workforce, and an overview of key challenges for public sector agencies. Section 4 of the report covers integrity and ethical conduct in the public sector.
View of Perth city from Kings Park
3 December 2012 Public Sector Commission
A number of changes to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (PID Act) came into effect on 21 November 2012, with the proclamation of the Evidence and Public Interest Disclosure Legislation Amendment Act 2012.

November 2012

Special Inquirer the Hon. Peter Blaxell
30 November 2012 Public Sector Commission
From December 2011 to August 2012, former Supreme Court Judge, the Hon. Peter Blaxell, conducted a special inquiry under section 24H of the Public Sector Management Act 1994. The inquiry examined the conduct and response of relevant public officials and government agencies in relation to allegations of sexual abuse at St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning, and related organisations.
Western Australian Ombudsman Chris Field
16 November 2012 Ombudsman Western Australia
Western Australian Ombudsman Chris Field was recently elected President of the Australasian & Pacific Ombudsman Region and a Director of the Board of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI).
Speed camera
14 November 2012 Office of the Auditor General
While the Auditor General was pleased to report recently that all speed and red light camera money was being channelled into the State Road Trauma Trust Account, he warned that the significant increase in money coming in has bought with it a whole set of risks and challenges that needed to be addressed.

July 2011

Sven Bluemmel
21 July 2011 Office of the Information Commissioner
Two major developments in the modernisation of public administration have the potential to weaken government transparency and accountability in ways which may not be readily apparent. These are the 'corporatisation' of public sector operations and the increasing use of electronic records.