APS Values and the Code of Conduct data

Table 1.

Figure 1: Perceptions of APS employees – APS Values

Level Do colleagues in your immediate workgroup act in accordance with the APS Values in their everyday work? Does your supervisor act in accordance with the APS Values in his or her everyday work? Do senior leaders in your agency act in accordance with the APS Values?
APS 86 88 66
EL 92 91 71
SES 97 94 90

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Table 2.

Table 1: Code of Conduct investigations and breaches

Of the investigations finalised in 2016–17, for each element of the APS Code of Conduct in the table below, please indicate how many employees were investigated for a suspected breach, and how many were found to have breached: 2016-17 2015-16
Investigated Breached Investigated Breached
Behave honestly and with integrity 333 287 427 355
Act with care and diligence 287 262 388 356
Treat everyone with respect and courtesy 149 120 190 132
Comply with all applicable Australian laws 28 16 31 14
Comply with any lawful and reasonable direction 136 121 183 160
Maintain appropriate confidentiality about dealings with any Minister 0 0 2 2
Take reasonable steps to avoid any conflict of interest 48 44 52 37
Use Commonwealth resources in a proper manner and for a proper purpose 137 126 135 114
Not provide false or misleading information 57

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Not make improper use of: inside information, duties, status, power or authority 83 64 47 31
At all times behave in a way that upholds the APS Values and APS Employment Principles 454 403 543 472
While on duty overseas, at all times behave in a way that upholds the good reputation of Australia 6 1 2 1
Comply with any other conduct requirement that is prescribed by the regulations 2 0 4 2

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Table 3.

Figure 2: Outcomes of the investigations

Outcome of investigation Percentage
Breach found and sanction applied 65.1
Breach found no sanction applied – employee resigned prior to sanction decision 14.26
Breach found no sanction applied – other reason 9.56
Investigation discontinued – employee resigned 1.34
Investigation discontinued – other reason 1.34
No breach found (for any element of the Code) 8.39

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Table 4.

Figure 3: Sanctions applied

Sanctions Percentage
Deductions from salary (fine) 22.91
Reassignment of duties 5.67
Reduction in classification 5.67
Reduction in salary 44.85
Reprimand 76.29
Termination of employment 18.3

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Table 5.

Figure 4: Corruption in the workplace

Operate in high risk environment Do not operate in a high risk environment
I am confident that colleagues in my workplace would report corruption 76.3 64.1
I feel confident that I would know what to do if I identified corruption in my workplace 81.6 63.3

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