The Fraud and Corruption, Prevention and Response Plan (the Plan) was reviewed in 2013 and described the fraud and corruption control processes for undertaking risk assessments, delivering education and awareness programs, and recording and reporting fraud. The processes established a robust approach to fraud and corruption minimisation and prevention and, ultimately, the promotion of voluntary compliance.
Risks identified in the Plan were addressed through the Directorate's Assurance Plan (including risks subsequently managed by the ACT Shared Services Centre) and reported to the Director-General and the Audit Committee. This ensured that the potential for fraud or corruption is mitigated with appropriate controls.
The Director of the Governance and Assurance Branch is the Directorate's senior executive responsible for business integrity risk. The Director reports to the Director-General and Audit Committee on matters of fraud and integrity. Formal reports are provided to the committee twice a year.
The Internal Audit Program for 2013-14 included audits of integrity risks designed to ensure that identified controls were working effectively and efficiently. During the year, audits were conducted on expenditure and procurement practices, funding agreements and receipting.
The Directorate, in conjunction with the Australian Education Union, has developed the Teachers' Code of Professional Practice which incorporates guidelines and case studies of a wide range of issues related to teacher conduct and principles of ethical public service. A copy was provided to all new teachers, including casual teachers, upon commencement. Copies were provided to schools on request and are available on the Directorate's website.
The Directorate had a comprehensive information management process to ensure all allegations and instances of fraud were captured and recorded, in accordance with the ACT Integrity Policy.
There were no reported incidents of fraud in the 2013-14 financial year. During the year, two incidents of potential fraud were reported but investigations found none constituted fraud.
For further information contact:
Governance and Assurance
(02) 6205 9329
Fred Hollows Awards
The Fred Hollows Schools Awards recognise and celebrate ACT primary school students for their positive contributions to the school and local community.
Winners of the 2013 Awards included students from Chapman Primary School. The students raised funds from local businesses and created activity packs for children aged 4 to 15 years attending the Canberra Hospital School. The Canberra Hospital School appreciated the efforts and generosity of Chapman Primary School students.
Congratulations were given to another 100 primary school students from years 3 to 6 across 17 public and non-government schools in the ACT who were presented with a Fred Hollows School Award.
Pictured are Chapman Primary School students with their awards.