Corrupt conduct is a deliberate or intentional wrongdoing, not negligence or a mistake.
The ACCS realises that for some people, it is not always easy to recognise a corrupt conduct or practice. For this reason, ACCS clearly states that corrupt conduct occurs when;
- a civil servant improperly uses, or tries to improperly use, the knowledge, power or resources of his or her position for personal gain or the advantage of others.
- a member of the general public influences, or tries to influence, a civil servant to use his or her position for personal gain or the advantage of others.
The ACCS also recognises that civil servants working in the public sector may be well placed to identify corrupt practices, but that they may fear reprisals in their workplace as a result. For this reason, the ACCS shall ensure that a person or civil servant who has disclosed information or rendered assistance to the Commission for a corrupt related inquiry, is not victimised under the provision of Section 69 (Protection of Whistleblowers) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2016.
The ACCS encourages the general public and civil servants to act as our eyes and ears on the ground and make a report to the Commission of any suspected corrupt practices.
Please note that reporting is the first step in helping ACCS to deal effectively with corrupt conduct and prevent future corruption.