Today the Commissioner held the first public hearing in the evaluation of the practices, policies and procedures of the regulatory arm of SafeWork SA.
A transcript of the public hearing will be available on the ICAC website next week (www.icac.sa.gov.au).
During the public hearing the Commissioner extended an invitation to any member of the public, industry group, union or other individual or body with an interest in the evaluation, to make a written submission to him.
While all information provided will be considered, the Commissioner encourages those making a written submission to ensure it relates to the scope of the evaluation. Those written submissions should also indicate whether the person making the submission would be prepared to make an oral submission if invited to do so.
The evaluation will review and report on:
- Legislative and regulatory functions and responsibilities discharged by public officers within the regulatory arm of SafeWork SA;
- the discretionary powers given to inspectors and investigators employed within SafeWork SA and the practices, policies and procedures that are in place to safeguard against abuse of those discretionary powers;
- practices, policies and procedures in respect of the availability and use of resources by public officers employed within the regulatory arm of SafeWork SA and whether those practices, policies and procedures provide a sufficient safeguard to minimise the misuse of those resources; and
- practices, policies and procedures in respect of the deployment of human resources within the regulatory arm of SafeWork SA and whether those practices, policies and procedures provide adequate measures to manage those human resources so as to ensure the proper and efficient discharge of core functions.
Written submissions will be received until 5:00pm, Friday 15 June 2018 and can be sent via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by post, GPO Box 11066 Adelaide SA 5001.
Commissioner Lander reminds everyone that this is not an investigation of individual conduct or of an individual matter. It is an evaluation of practices, policies and procedures. If information is received during the evaluation that might give rise to a potential issue of corruption, misconduct or maladministration, that information will be assessed by the Office for Public Integrity and will be dealt with in accordance with the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012.
Any person wishing to obtain more information about the evaluation should call 8463 5199.
ICAC Media Release - Call for Submissions - 1 June 2018