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Corruption watchdog's plan to shine a light on public sector agencies

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The Crime and Corruption Commission is auditing several public sector agencies to identify any conflicts of interest involving staff able to make decisions and spend funds.

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In its two-year corruption audit plan, released today, the CCC has outlined how it is looking at the use of public resources and whether any misuse is criminal or unethical.

“Public agencies should not assume that employees will make sound judgements, particularly when their personal interests are at stake,” the plan states.

“The risk of misuse of public resources increases when employees are involved in secondary employment. Public agencies need to regularly raise staff awareness of this issue, by encouraging employees to explore conflicts of interest through the discussion of scenarios.”

The CCC has singled out the Department of Education, Department of Environment and Science and Queensland Police Service for audits. It will also look at SunWater, and the Bundaberg Regional, Ipswich City and Whitsunday Regional councils, particularly in relation to “fuel consumption fraud”.

The new plan also foreshadows greater scrutiny on recruitment – including at the Gladstone Ports Corporation, which was the subject of a recent probe – and as-yet unspecified “dynamic prevention projects”

It comes as the Queensland Audit Office continues to scrutinise public spending, and is also checking back on whether agencies are meeting their promises to do better.

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