Fraud and corruption prevention

The department provides quality services in public education and training in a manner that promotes integrity, fairness, respect and responsibility.

We are committed to the ongoing promotion of ethical behaviour throughout the organisation and the minimisation of the risk of fraud and corruption.

Our people are expected to behave in accordance with the department’s Code of Conduct and our commercial partners must comply with our Statement of Business Ethics (PDF 415KB).

The department also provides advice and resources to assist staff to undertake fraud and corruption risk assessments in their area of responsibility.

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.

Gifts, benefits and hospitality

The department’s Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Procedures (PDF 721.16KB) recommend that employees 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 employees are required to declare and obtain approval for any gifts, benefits or hospitality over $50 in value offered to them. Employees must also declare any gifts, benefits or hospitality declined due to conflict of interests, regardless of value.

The department maintains Workplace Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality registers. Any gifts, benefits or hospitality declared by the department’s Public Service Senior Executives and nominated staff are published on a quarterly basis in line with guidance issued by the NSW Public Service Commission.

Gifts, benefits and hospitality registers

Report fraud or corruption

The department has zero tolerance to fraud and corruption.

We expect all our people to behave lawfully, ethically and with integrity at all times.

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.

Information for staff

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

If you are an employee of the department 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).

Employees reporting matters of suspected corrupt conduct, maladministration or serious and substantial waste will be subject to the protections offered by the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 where the disclosure is made in good faith.

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