What is Corrupt Conduct?

Corruption is an intentional dishonest act that is a criminal offence or warrants disciplinary action by the University.

The purpose of corruption is generally for personal gain (although not always financial) by the individual and/or  to disadvantage the University.

Corruption does not include mistakes or unintentional acts.

Corrupt conduct can take many forms including conflicts of interest, taking or offering bribes, dishonestly using influence, blackmail, fraud, theft, embezzlement, tax evasion, forgery, nepotism and favouritism.

The full definition of corruption can be found on the Independent Commission Against Corruption website: http://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/about-corruption/what-is-corrupt-conduct

What is Maladministration?

Maladministration is defined in the NSW Protected Disclosures Act as conduct that involves action or inaction of a serious nature, that is:

  • contrary to law;
  • unreasonable, unjust, oppressive or improperly discriminatory; or
  • based wholly or partly on improper motives.

An example of maladministration is agreeing to a contract without obtaining the necessary approvals.

What is Serious and Substantial Waste of Public Resources?

Serious and Substantial Waste of Public Money is the uneconomical, inefficient or ineffective use of public resources.

The Auditor-General, refers to"...the uneconomical, inefficient, or ineffective use of resources, authorised or unauthorised, which results in a loss/wastage of public funds/resources.  In addressing any complaint of serious and substantial waste regard will be made, to the nature and materiality of the waste."

For example, purchasing a piece of equipment for $50,000, when the equivalent may be available for a lot less.