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Thousands of public sector misconduct and performance issues reported

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (9.1.18) on the release of State public sector data showing incidences of misconduct and performance issues across government department workforces.

‘Queensland’s public servants were reported for 2866 work conduct and performance issues in the past financial year. But that made up a small proportion of the entire public sector, representing just 1.4 per cent of full-time equivalent employees in 2016-17.

‘There were 2705 matters reported the previous year (1.4 per cent) and 3193 in 2014-15 (1.7 per cent). Last year, only 0.1 per cent of the public sector workforce was reported for the most serious breach of conduct expectations – category 3(b) – which could include possible criminal offences, serious misconduct which was wilful, reckless or malicious and serious neglect of duties.

‘”This is a small number of employees relative to the total public sector workforce and overwhelmingly demonstrates that the majority of public servants are meeting or exceeding standards expected of them,” a government report published online states.

‘… The information was published on a Queensland government website, which stated that public servants occupied a position of trust. “They are entrusted by government and the community to undertake important work on their behalf,” it reads.’

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