Standards expected of ACLEI staff members
Australian Government officials are required to perform their duties ethically, accountably and transparently. It is important that officials are impartial—and are seen to be impartial—when exercising their official powers, and in procurement.
The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) has a specific role—namely, detecting and preventing corrupt conduct and investigating corruption issues in prescribed Commonwealth law enforcement agencies. Accordingly, ACLEI expects its staff members to adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, propriety and integrity.
If you are concerned about the conduct of an ACLEI staff member, you should raise the issue in the first instance with the ACLEI Executive Director Secretariat. Any information provided to ACLEI in this way is received in-confidence. In many cases, service providers under a Commonwealth contract to ACLEI can also seek the protections of the Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Scheme, to give you added assurance when disclosing information about misconduct or waste.
ACLEI staff members must adhere to the Australian Public Service Values and Code of Conduct, as well as internal policies relating to integrity. In addition, the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 provides a special mechanism for the investigation of allegations of corrupt conduct relating to ACLEI staff—including the Integrity Commissioner—were any to arise.
Conflicts of interest
ACLEI staff members are required to report any known interest or association that may give rise to real or perceived conflict with official duties, as well as anything else that may put his or her—or ACLEI's—integrity at risk. This reporting regime helps protect the integrity of staff members by ensuring they are not self-managing risk, and the integrity of ACLEI by ensuring that possible conflicts of interest are managed appropriately.
Gifts and benefits
With few exceptions, ACLEI staff members must declare any gift or benefit that they receive in the course of their duties.
ACLEI prefers that gifts or benefits are not offered to ACLEI staff members by suppliers and business partners. Offering an ACLEI staff member a gift could create an actual or perceived conflict of interest with his or her official duties. Accepting a gift could affect—or be perceived to affect—the staff member's ability to carry out these duties impartially. ACLEI staff have been instructed to decline any offer of a gift or benefit that is made in connection with a tender or purchasing process, or that may give rise to a conflict of interest.
If a supplier to ACLEI were to provide a gift in a way in which the recipient is not able to refuse (e.g. as a delivery), it is unlikely that the recipient would be permitted to keep the gift. Gifts that are impractical to return are either donated to charity or retained by ACLEI, rather then the individual for whom the gift was intended.
Offers of hospitality also have the potential to cause perceived or actual conflicts of interest. Other than in specifically approved circumstances, ACLEI staff members are not permitted to accept offers of entertainment or hospitality—such as invitations to social functions, expenses-paid travel, accommodation or meals.
Bribing or attempting to bribe a Commonwealth public official, or asking for accepting or offering a bribe as a Commonwealth public official, are offences under the Criminal Code (Cth). These offences are punishable on conviction by a substantial fine or up to five years' imprisonment.