Personnel security: Due diligence over public sector employees

Overview

Objectives

To determine whether fraud and corruption controls regarding personnel security are well-designed and operating as intended.

Issues

The Victorian community invests considerable trust in the public sector. Victorians expect public sector employees to act in the public interest, and with integrity. A key area of risk for fraud and corruption is in recruitment and staff promotion—studies estimate that between 20 and 30 per cent of job applications contain some form of false information.

In 2018, the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) released a report—Corruption and misconduct risks associated with employment practices in the Victorian public sector. IBAC's report highlights the risk of 'recycling' public sector employees with problematic discipline or criminal histories. Our 2018 Fraud and Corruption Control audit identified issues such as failure to complete and document references, police and qualification checks, or to respond appropriately when checks identified anomalies.

This audit will examine human resource practices that focus on integrity and identity checks, including sound recruitment practices such as declaring conflicts of interests when forming a recruitment panel. The audit will consider reference, qualification and police record checks practices.

The audit will also consider agency practices to confirm eligibility for employment, including testing whether applicants have accepted targeted separation packages and have valid Working with Children Checks where relevant.

Proposed agencies

A selection of government agencies.

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