An ACLEI operation was established in April 2016 when an Agency Head notified the Integrity Commissioner of a corruption issue. It was alleged that a staff member had filled out a false Statutory Declaration to access carers leave to which they were not entitled, and then used this leave to travel internationally to possibly engage in illegal activity.
The Integrity Commissioner initially decided to investigate the corruption issue jointly with the agency, and later decided to have the agency complete a comprehensive internal investigation into alleged breaches of the APS Code of Conduct, with ACLEI assistance and oversight as required. This finalised investigation has substantiated multiple breaches of the APS Code of Conduct.
During the course of the investigation, it became apparent that the employee had engaged in a number of behaviours that exposed them and their agency to corruption risk. The investigation also highlighted areas where an agency’s systems and processes might increase their vulnerability to corruption.