Upholding Corrections’ integrity by doing the right thing even when no-one is looking is essential for us to have pride and protect our reputation. Role-modelling positive behaviour starts with our own actions.
Because Corrections manages some of the most challenging members of society, it is important that everything we say and do is carried out with the highest standards of integrity.
Working with offenders who have done wrong, it is essential that Corrections staff are above reproach. Of course, most staff do the right thing all the time.
The Integrity Support Team investigate instances of possible misconduct. On average, the team will be investigating approximately 20 cases at any one time.
Cases vary from rare criminal cases involving theft, fraud or corruption, to serious breaches of the Code of Conduct such as breaches of privacy, unauthorised release of information, inappropriate use of technology systems or inappropriate relationships with offenders.
Strengthening awareness and understanding of what integrity means in the workplace
Corrections has undertaken a programme of work designed to strengthen integrity in all facets of our work.
As well as the investigatory role described above, the Integrity Support Team is tasked with improving integrity across our organisation, through leadership and culture, education and prevention, human resources, detection and investigation, and continuous improvement and reporting. Since its establishment, the Integrity Support Team has:
- Conducted nationwide workshops (across all prisons and probation districts) with staff from all levels, to help identify the specific areas that the work programme needs to focus on.
- Reviewed the Integrity Support Team resourcing, to ensure that the structure is appropriate moving forward.
- Introduced an investigation prioritisation framework to focus the team’s investigators on the most critically important work.
- Re-launched the Integrity Committee.
- Developed a new integrity-focused training session within the Frontline Futures programme.