From other integrity agencies
The Victorian Ombudsman has released a Good Practice Guide to Dealing with Challenging Behaviour. The guide aims to help people who manage complaints in Victorian government departments, local councils and other agencies when dealing with the challenging behaviour that sometimes accompanies complaints.
Corruption and Crime Commission, WA
Western Australia’s Corruption and Crime Commission's Report on serious misconduct risks around dangerous drugs in hospitals focuses on the management of dangerous drugs and the issue of theft and misuse of addictive pharmaceuticals in Western Australian hospitals. The report shows that while the total number of drug discrepancies notified to the Commission by WA Health is small compared to the millions of drug transactions each year in WA hospitals, it appears that theft and misuse of dangerous drugs by employees is an ongoing problem.
The Commission also released its Report on corrupt custodial officers and the risks of contraband entering prisons. The report details how, when security is lax and opportunities for prisoners to corrupt officers are plenty, it is alarmingly easy for prisoners and organised crime syndicates to groom prison officers.
Further to this, the Commission has released reports on the inadequate reporting of use of force in Western Australian prisons, along with CCTV footage of incidents.
Crime and Corruption Commission, QLD
The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission has produced a new case study that highlights how turning a blind eye to illegal behaviour is not an option for a police officer, but a criminal offence.
New South Wales Auditor-General
An audit of Fraud controls in local councils conducted by the New South Wales Auditor-General has found many local councils need to improve their fraud control systems. The report highlights that councils often have fraud control procedures and systems in place, but are not ensuring people understand them and how they work. The report also found there is significant variation between councils in the quality of their fraud controls.
Australian Institute of Criminology
The Australian Institute of Criminology has published new research on victimisation of whistleblowers. The research sought to understand what victimisation had been experienced by whistleblowers who had reported or attempted to report wrongdoing in their workplace. The results include that almost all whistleblowers reported experiencing some harm as a consequence of reporting misconduct. The research identifies ways in which whistleblowers could better be protected from victimisation and how the procedures and safeguards for whistleblowing could be strengthened.
The Institute's Commonwealth fraud investigations 2015-16 reports the findings of the most recent annual census of fraud against Commonwealth entities and the measures taken to prevent fraud. It highlights the substantial cost of fraud to the Commonwealth, particularly from external suspects targeting Commonwealth monies or resources.
Victorian Law Foundation
The Victorian Law Foundation has produced a Legal glossary. Developed in consultation with lawyers and law dictionary editors, this plain language glossary explains more than 450 common legal terms.
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