A quarterly newsletter from the office of the Commissioner containing relevant news, education resources and general interest articles.



16 August 2021

Around the grounds

Investigations, case studies, research, reports and other resources from interstate integrity agencies can offer valuable information to assist South Australian public officers to prevent or minimise corruption, misconduct and maladministration... NEWSLETTER

16 August 2021

ICAC update - August 2021

Investigations updateOn 14 April 2021 the Commissioner issued a public statement announcing the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had laid charges against two South Australia Police officers as a result... NEWSLETTER

16 August 2021

Evaluation of the Department for Correctional Services

While many people understand the ICAC’s role in identifying and investigating corruption, the power to evaluate the practices, policies and procedures of an agency is less well understood.An ICAC evaluation... NEWSLETTER

16 August 2021

Conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interest are possibly the most misunderstood concept in public administration. Too many public officers do not know what they are, do not know when they have one and... NEWSLETTER

16 August 2021

Timesheet trouble

A public sector employee in Italy made international headlines earlier this year after it was revealed he had allegedly engaged in corruption by continuing to claim his full salary while... NEWSLETTER

12 March 2021

Is there a policy for policy fatigue?

Ordinarily, corruption, misconduct and maladministration risks emerge because of a lack of policy and procedural guidance. However, the opposite can also be the case.Circumstances where policy and procedure are too... NEWSLETTER

12 March 2021

Around the grounds

New South Wales – Independent Commission Against CorruptionThe NSW ICAC has issued two corruption prevention publications that might be of interest to South Australian public officers who deal in procurement,... NEWSLETTER

12 March 2021

South Australia's new ICAC - The Hon. Ann Vanstone QC

In July last year it was announced that the Hon. Ann Vanstone QC would be South Australia’s next Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC).Commissioner Vanstone has served the administration of justice... NEWSLETTER

12 March 2021

The halfway house of police oversight

A reasonable accommodation between oversight and independenceHow to ensure and maintain police accountability and discipline has always been a contested subject.Police forces have traditionally been reticent about calls to establish... NEWSLETTER

10 March 2021

ICAC update - March 2021

Investigation into claims made for the Country Members Accommodation AllowanceCommissioner Vanstone issued a public statement on 7 September, in which she announced she would continue the investigation commenced by her... NEWSLETTER

09 December 2020

World anti-corruption day 2020

Today marks the United Nations’ annual International Anti-Corruption Day.In recognition of the extraordinary worldwide disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s theme is Recover with Integrity.South Australia has been... NEWSLETTER

24 January 2020

The Health report

In early December the Commissioner’s report ‘Troubling Ambiguity: Governance in SA Health’ was tabled in Parliament.The report details the Commissioner’s concerns about the administration and delivery of public health services... NEWSLETTER

24 January 2020

Change is the only constant

Disruption as an enabler of corruptionAgencies of modern public administration expand, contract, reorganise and reform on a regular basis.It is sometimes not appreciated that times of restructure can provide motivation... NEWSLETTER

24 January 2020

Around the grounds

Integrity news from across AustraliaIntegrity agencies from other states and territories produce resources and publications that have potential value for South Australian public administration and public officers.You are encouraged to... NEWSLETTER

06 May 2019

Evaluation of the City of Playford

From the Deputy CommissionerA primary object of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 is to prevent or minimise corruption, misconduct and maladministration in South Australian public administration. An evaluation... NEWSLETTER

06 May 2019

Public Interest Disclosures: A new Act in town

Published on 6 May 2019Late last year the South Australian Parliament passed the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018 (PID Act). The PID Act has not yet commenced operation but when... NEWSLETTER

06 May 2019

Everyone likes fast money... don't they?

Vast volumes of money pass through public administration in South Australia on a daily basis. Thousands of small and large purchases are approved, invoices dispatched, payments processed, goods and services... NEWSLETTER

06 May 2019

The benefits of being random

Life cannot be calculated. That's the big mistake our civilization made. We never accepted that randomness is not a mistake in the equation -- it is part of the equation.Jeanette... NEWSLETTER

15 February 2019

Integrity in public administration - What did the ICAC survey reveal?

In April 2018 the Commissioner commenced a survey which sought to better understand the attitudes and experiences of public officers in relation to integrity in South Australian public administration.The results... NEWSLETTER

15 February 2019

Learnings from the SafeWork SA evaluation

On 10 May 2018 the Commissioner announced he would conduct an evaluation of the practices, policies and procedures of the regulatory arm of SafeWork SA. The evaluation concluded with the... NEWSLETTER

01 January 2018

Public integrity is great, but what is it?

The offices of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Office for Public Integrity (OPI) were designed to safeguard and enhance confidence in the integrity of public administration in... NEWSLETTER

01 January 2018

Corruption and corrosion - Same same, but different?

Corruption is one of those terms that people frequently use and generally think they understand. But the everyday social use of the term can be somewhat hard to define precisely,... NEWSLETTER

01 January 2017

Why you should sweat the small stuff

The moral code and dishonestyDan Ariely is a Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Economics at Duke University in North Carolina. His recent research focuses on what drives people to cheat... NEWSLETTER

01 September 2016

Where is the integrity line?

Research tells us that the vast majority of people are disinclined to steal money from their social club chocolate box. However, they might occasionally help themselves to a chocolate. Are... NEWSLETTER

01 April 2016

The problem of maladministration

Why it can hurt more than corruptionAs the name suggests, the South Australian Independent Commissioner Against Corruption is charged with stamping out corruption in South Australian public administration. But that... NEWSLETTER

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