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Appendix 8—Public Interest Disclosure

Table 39—Number of disclosures assessed as meeting the criteria under s26 of the PID Act and alleged disclosable conduct.

Agency

Number of disclosures assessed as meeting the criteria under s26 of the PID Act

Alleged kinds of disclosable conduct to which the disclosures relate(42)

Department of Defence

128

Maladministration (55)

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state

or territory (48)

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (47)

Wastage of Commonwealth resources (including

money and property) (14)

Abuse of public office (14)

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of

danger to the health or safety of one or more persons

(13)

Conduct engaged in for the purposes of corruption (1)

Conduct in a foreign country that contravenes a law (1)

Australian Postal Corporation

49

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (25)

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (12)

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of danger to the health or safety of one or more persons (7)

Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

46 (43)

Maladministration (36)

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (35)

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (31)

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of danger to the health or safety of one or more persons (12)

Wastage of Commonwealth resources (including money and property) (12)

Abuse of public office (6)

Abuse of public trust (4)

Conduct engaged in for the purposes of corruption (4)

Conduct in a foreign country that contravenes a law (1)

Australian Taxation Office

35

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (33)

Abuse of public office (7)

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (5)

Maladministration (5)

Abuse of public trust (2)

Wastage of Commonwealth resources (including money and property) (1)

Department of Human Services

19

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (15)

Maladministration (9)

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of danger to the health or safety of one or more persons (9)

Abuse of public office (5)

Wastage of Commonwealth resources (including money and property) (4)

Conduct engaged in for the purposes of corruption (1)

Airservices Australia

17

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (16)

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of danger to the health or safety of one or more persons (2)

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (2)

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

12

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (10)

Maladministration (3)

Wastage of Commonwealth resources (including money and property) (2)

Abuse of public trust (2)

Conduct engaged in for the purposes of corruption (1)

Defence Housing Australia

11

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (5)

Abuse of public office (4)

Maladministration (3)

Wastage of Commonwealth resources (including money and property) (1)

National Offshore Petroleum Safety & Environment Management Authority

9

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (9)

Department of Agriculture

8

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (7)

Maladministration (1)

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of danger to the health or safety of one or more persons (1)

NBN Co Limited

7

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (4)

Wastage of Commonwealth resources (including money and property) (4)

Maladministration (2)

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (2)

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of danger to the health or safety of one or more persons (1)

Australian Financial Security Authority

6

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (4)

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (4)

Maladministration (3)

Abuse of public office (1)

Comcare

6

Maladministration (5)

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (4)

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of danger to the health or safety of one or more persons (4)

Abuse of public trust (2)

Abuse of public office (2)

Perversion of the course of justice (2)

Conduct engaged in for the purpose of corruption (2)

Department of Home Affairs

6

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (2)

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of danger to the health or safety of one or more persons (2)

Maladministration (1)

Wastage of Commonwealth resources (including money and property) (1)

Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd

5

Conduct engaged in for the purpose of corruption (3)

Perversion of the course of justice (2)

Bureau of Meteorology

5

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (4)

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (4)

Maladministration (2)

Department of Industry Innovation and Science (including IP Australia & Geoscience Australia)

5

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (4)

Maladministration (4)

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (3)

Abuse of public office (3)

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of danger to the health or safety of one or more persons (2)

Abuse of public trust (1)

Wastage of Commonwealth resources (including money and property) (1)

Department of the Environment and Energy

5

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (4)

Maladministration (2)

Wastage of Commonwealth resources (including money and property) (2)

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS)

5(44)

Maladministration (5)

Aboriginal Hostels Limited

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Aged Care Quality & Safety Commission

ASC Pty Ltd

Attorney-General’s Department

Australian Broadcasting Commission

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

Australian Electoral Commission

Australian Federal Police

Australian Film, Television and Radio School

Australian Intelligence Agencies*

Australian National Audit Office

Australian Public Service Commission

Australian Securities & Investments Commission

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Clean Energy Regulator

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Department of Education

Department of Employment, Skills, Small & Family Business

Department of Finance

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Department of Health

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Department of Parliamentary Services

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Department of the Treasury

Fair Work Commission

Indigenous Business Australia

Indigenous Land & Sea Corporation

National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency

National Museum of Australia

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Reserve Bank of Australia

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

Australian National University

Department of Social Services

Digital Transformation Agency

Torres Strait Regional Authority

73 (aggregated total of all PIDs received by these agencies).

This section aggregates data for agencies reporting four or fewer PIDs received during the reporting period.

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory

Maladministration

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of danger to the health or safety of one or more persons

Wastage of Commonwealth resources (including money and property

Conduct engaged in for the purpose of corruption

Abuse of public office

Abuse of public trust

Perversion of the course of justice

Conduct in a foreign country that contravenes a law

Endangers the environment

Fabrication scientific research

(42) The total number of disclosable conduct allegations may exceed the number of disclosures assessed. This is because a single PID may involve multiple allegations of disclosable conduct.

(43) The Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman received 46 PIDs relating to other agencies and one PID relating to our Office, see item 40.

(44) The IGIS received 5 PIDs relating to Australian Intelligence agencies, and none relating to the IGIS.

Table 40—Agencies that have reported not receiving PIDs

1.

AAF Company

2.

Anindilyakwa Land Council

3.

Army and Air Force Canteen Service

4.

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

5.

Australia Council for the Arts

6

Australian Accounting Standards Board and Auditing and Assurance Standards Board

7.

Australian Building and Construction Commission

8.

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

9.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

10.

Australian Communications and Media Authority

11.

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

12.

Australian Digital Health Agency

13.

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

14.

Australian Hearing Services (trading as Hearing Australia)

15.

Australian Human Rights Commission

16.

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

17.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

18.

Australian Institute of Criminology

19.

Australian Institute of Family Studies

20.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

21.

Australian Institute of Marine Science

22.

Australian Law Reform Commission

23.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

24.

Australian Military Forces Relief Trust Fund

25.

Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd

26.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

27.

Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority

28.

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

29.

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

30.

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

31.

Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation (ARPC)

32.

Australian Research Council

33.

Australian Skills Quality Authority

34.

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA)

35.

Australian Sports Commission

36.

Australian Strategic Policy Institute

37.

Australian Trade and Investment Commission

38.

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

39.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

40.

Australian War Memorial

41.

Bundanon Trust

42.

Cancer Australia

43.

Central Land Council

44.

Climate Change Authority

45.

Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Corporation

46.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

47.

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

48.

Cotton Research and Development Corporation

49.

Creative Partnerships Australia

50.

Department of Communication and the Arts

51.

Department of the House of Representatives

52.

Department of the Senate

53.

Export Finance Australia

54.

Federal Court of Australia

55.

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

56.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

57.

Future Fund Management Agency

58.

Grains Research and Development Corporation

59.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

60.

High Court of Australia

61.

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

62.

Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority

63.

Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency

64.

Infrastructure Australia

65.

Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman

66.

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

67.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

68.

National Archives of Australia

69.

National Australia Day Council

70.

National Blood Authority

71.

National Capital Authority

72.

National Competition Council

73.

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

74.

National Gallery of Australia

75.

National Health and Medical Research Council

76.

National Health Funding Body

77.

National Library of Australia

78.

National Mental Health Commission

79.

National Portrait Gallery of Australia

80.

National Transport Commission

81.

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

82.

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

83.

Northern Land Council

84.

Office of Parliamentary Counsel

85.

Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

86.

Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman

87.

Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General

88.

Outback Stores

89.

Parliamentary Budget Office

90.

Productivity Commission

91.

Professional Services Review

92.

RAAF Welfare Recreational Company

93.

Regional Investment Corporation

94.

Royal Australian Air Force Welfare Trust Fund

95.

Royal Australian Navy Central Canteen Board

96.

Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF)

97.

Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation

98.

Safe Work Australia

99.

Screen Australia

100.

Special Broadcasting Service Corporation

101.

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

102.

The Australian National Maritime Museum

103.

The Australian Sports Foundation Ltd

104.

Tiwi Land Council

105.

Tourism Australia

106.

Wine Australia

107.

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

108.

Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council (WBACC)

109.

WSA Co Limited

Table 41—PID investigations completed and action/s taken in response to recommendations

Agency

Number of disclosure investigations completed during the financial year

Findings of disclosable conduct relating to disclosure investigations

Examples of actions taken during the financial year in response to recommendations relating to disclosure investigations

Department of Defence

92

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (12)

Maladministration (9)

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (7)

Wastage of Commonwealth resources (including money and property) (4)

Abuse of public office (4)

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of danger to the health or safety of one or more persons (1)

Conduct in a foreign country that contravenes a law (1)

Investigation under another law

Code of conduct investigation

Staff counselled or formally warned

Staff training in leadership, communication and internal policies and procedures

Improvements to internal practices including communication and reporting arrangements

Australian Postal Corporation

49

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (9)

Conduct that results in, or that increases, the risk of danger to the health or safety of one or more persons (4)

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (2)

Maladministration (1)

Disciplinary action

Staff training on Ethics, Bullying & Harassment and Discrimination

Australian Taxation Office

35

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (5)

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (2)

Abuse of public office (1)

Code of conduct investigation and sanctions

Internal process and policy improvements

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

15

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (7)

Contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (3)

Code of conduct investigation

Airservices Australia

11

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (6)

Staff training and reminders regarding standards of behaviour

Sanctions imposed under

Airservices Code of conduct

National Offshore Petroleum Safety & Environment Management Authority

8

Conduct that may result in disciplinary action (8)

Code of conduct investigation

Department of Agriculture

7

No findings of disclosable

conduct

Review of performance management practices

Audit of Workplace Health and Safety arrangements

Departmental wide communications to reinforce commitment to integrity

Aboriginal Hostels Limited

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

ASC Pty Ltd

Attorney-General’s Department

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Australian Electoral Commission

Australian Federal Police

Australian Film, Television and Radio School

Australian Financial Security Authority

Australian Intelligence Agencies – Combined Response

Australian Public Service Commission

Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd

Australian Securities & Investments Commission

Bureau of Meteorology

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Defence Housing Australia

Department of Education

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Department of Health

Department of Home Affairs

Department of Human Services

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Department of Parliamentary Services

Department of the Environment and Energy

Department of the Treasury

Indigenous Business Australia

National Disability Insurance

Scheme Launch Transition Agency

NBN CO Limited

Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

The Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National University

Department of Social Services

Digital Transformation Agency

Torres Strait Regional Authority

72 investigations were completed by the agencies in this section. This section aggregates data for agencies reporting four or fewer investigations being conducted during the period.

Note: Although all agencies within this group identified they had completed one or more investigations, not all investigations resulted in recommendation/s being made.

The following are
examples of some of the recommendations made
by Agencies within this aggregated group.
Code of conduct investigation Review of HR policies and procedures regarding complaints and alternative reporting procedures Inclusion of formal risk assessments as part of any major change project
Staff counseling regarding agency practices and procedures
Standardised training materials regarding procurement