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Strategic priority 4: Promoting integrity

Source of criteria: Corporate Plan 2018–19, page 7 and 14

Table 13: Results for objective 4.1.

OBJECTIVE 4.1 – PROMOTE A HIGH STANDARD OF INTEGRITY ACROSS THE APS

Deliverable

Key Performance Indicator

2018–19 results

Achieved

Facilitate the Integrity Agencies Group to coordinate, enhance, promote and embed integrity in the APS.

The Integrity Agencies Group meets biannually.

The Commissioner chaired two Integrity Agencies Group meetings during the year. Discussion focused on a wide range of contemporary integrity issues that impact the APS.

Provide advice on ethical issues to support high quality ethical decision making.

Publications, networks, and other ethics support services are regularly used across the APS.

The Ethics Advisory Service received more than 600 calls from individuals and agencies seeking advice on ethics–related issues. The Commission also distributed more than 4000 bookmarks with information on the APS Values, APS Code of Conduct and APS Employment Principles to APS agencies.

The Commission hosted two Ethics Contact Officer Network meetings, supported by an Ethics Newsletter, which the Commission distributed to around 120 network members.

Seven agencies requested assistance to develop and deliver bespoke ethical awareness presentations, and the Commission also presented at a range of other APS forums.

Table 14: Results for objective 4:2.

OBJECTIVE 4.2 – EVALUATE AGENCY APPROACHES TO INCORPORATE AND UPHOLD THE APS VALUES

Deliverable

Key Performance Indicator

2018–19 results

Achieved

Conduct an APS wide evaluation of how agencies are embedding the APS values.

Evaluation data indicates that managers and employees understand their professional obligations as APS employees.

The Commission conducted a Values Evaluation survey with a representative sample of APS employees. Survey data indicated that over the previous 12 months, 86 per cent of employees perceived their agency always or almost always expected full compliance with the APS Values. Other survey results identified a number of strengths and areas of potential improvements in relation to the APS Values. These results will form the basis for future work with agencies to enhance employees’ understanding of their professional obligations.