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



2020 January 24

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

2020 January 24

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

2020 January 24

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

2019 May 06

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

2019 May 06

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

2019 May 06

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

2019 May 06

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

2019 February 15

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

2019 February 15

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

2018 January 01

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

2018 January 01

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

2017 January 01

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

2016 September 01

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

2016 April 01

Why should you report corruption?

If you are a public officer you should report corruption because you have a mandatory obligation to do so. However, even if you did not have an obligation by law,... NEWSLETTER

2016 April 01

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

2016 April 01

Recruitment - What could possibly go wrong?

The South Australian public sector and local government employs over 100,000 people, making them the State’s largest employment sector. Given that people are the most valuable asset of every agency... NEWSLETTER

2015 November 01

Rationalising wrongdoing

People generally like to think of themselves as inherently good and honest and for the most part this is probably true. However, the majority of people have at some stage... NEWSLETTER

2015 November 01

Cab charges - What could possibly go wrong?

The introduction of Cab Charge in the seventies was somewhat of a mini revolution of convenience in local business travel. You could attend meetings and functions by hailing a cab,... NEWSLETTER

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