ICG launches new integrity product at Perth forum

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.

After overwhelming interest in the forum, 280 employees from State government, local government and public universities attended the hypothetical-style event. The forum was facilitated by Deborah Kennedy.

Attendees were presented with three hypotheticals about the offer, acceptance and provision of gifts, benefits and hospitality. The ICG members shared their perspectives on the scenarios which related back to the ‘5 Rs’ of good practice management of gifts, benefits and hospitality.

The ‘5 Rs’ feature strongly in the new product, with five fact sheets forming the product – risk and reputation, requirements, raise awareness, record and review.

Public Sector Commissioner and ICG Chair, Mal Wauchope said that the product assists public authorities to identify risks associated with gifts, benefits and hospitality

'It also contemplates how authorities can manage those risks and promote good decision making through sound policies, transparent record keeping, communication and review activities,' Mr Wauchope said.

'I was encouraged to see so much interest from the sector on this issue. It points to the fact that these topics need to be revisited regularly to ensure an authority’s approach is current.'

The ICG members encouraged authorities to use the product to assist them to review their gifts, benefits and hospitality and conflict of interest policies.