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
- the Independent Commission Against Corruption if you suspect corruption in the department
- the Ombudsman New South Wales if you suspect maladministration or serious and substantial waste in the department.
Information for staff
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 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
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.