Fraud and corruption prevention

The Department of Education has a zero tolerance approach to fraud and corruption.

Our people are expected to behave lawfully, ethically and with integrity at all times in accordance with the department's Code of Conduct. Staff cannot accept any form of bribe or inducement or act dishonestly or partially as public officials.

Our commercial partners must comply with our Statement of Business Ethics (PDF 415KB).

We report to the police any person who might offer inducements or bribes to our staff.

Report fraud or corruption

We strongly support disclosures and reports being made by our people and members of the public regarding unethical, dishonest or corrupt conduct.

Instances of fraud and corrupt conduct put at risk the reputation of the staff involved, the reputation of the department and that of public education and training more broadly.

If you suspect fraud or corrupt conduct in the department, you should report this to Professional and Ethical Standards (PES). You can make a report by visiting Making a report to PES.

You may also report directly to:

Information for staff

The department is committed to supporting staff who report concerns about corrupt conduct, maladministration and serious and substantial waste.

Department staff can make a Public Interest Disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994. Staff who make disclosures in good faith can be offered protection from reprisals.

If you are a department employee who wishes to make such a report, please contact a nominated Disclosure Officer so your report can be assessed as a Public Interest Disclosure. You can find a list of nominated Disclosure Officers at Appendix A of the Public Interest Disclosures Management Guidelines (PDF 187.54KB).

Fraud and Corruption Control Framework

The department’s Fraud and Corruption Control Framework outlines guiding principles, tools and information that help employees to effectively prevent, detect and respond to suspected fraud or corrupt conduct.

The department’s Fraud and Corruption Control Policy sets out the framework, which is further detailed in the Fraud and Corruption Control Procedures (PDF 254.54KB). The procedures are based on the principles of ethical leadership together with relevant legislation, policy and governance.

Contact the Fraud Prevention team

The department has a dedicated Fraud Prevention team that provides support for managers and staff to prevent and respond to fraud and corruption. The team reviews procedures, systems and practices to ensure they remain effective in preventing, detecting and responding to fraud and corruption.

If you would like to get in contact with the Fraud Prevention team, please email us at corruption.prevention@det.nsw.edu.au.

Gifts, benefits and hospitality

The department is committed to managing gifts, benefits and hospitality in a transparent manner to ensure the reputation and integrity of the department and its employees.

The department's Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Procedures (PDF 721.16KB) recommend that staff do not accept gifts, benefits or hospitality offered to them in the course of their work, unless they are token in nature. It is important that the acceptance of a gift does not influence or is not seen to influence an employee’s decision-making.

All staff are required to declare and obtain approval for any gifts, benefits or hospitality over $50 in value offered to them. Staff must also declare any gifts, benefits or hospitality declined due to conflict of interests, regardless of value.

Each school and work area within the department maintains a workplace Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality register. Any gifts, benefits or hospitality declared by our staff require approval from their line managers and are recorded in the workplace registers.

Gifts, benefits or hospitality declared by the department’s Public Service Senior Executives and nominated staff are recorded on a central register and publishd on the department's website each quarter.

Gifts, benefits and hospitality registers

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