Professional Integrity

The Australian Government Department of Health is committed to ensuring that all staff behave appropriately in their work as Australian Public Servants.

Page last updated: 29 January 2016

The Commonwealth public service sets high standards for its staff and contractors. These standards ensure that members of the public and stakeholders can have confidence in their public service.

What is integrity?

Integrity is the quality of being honest and having sound moral character; adherence to moral and ethical principles.

The guiding principles for Commonwealth public officials can be found in the Australian Public Service Values and are:
  • Committed to service
  • Ethical
  • Respectful
  • Accountable
  • Impartial

What is corruption?

The Department has adopted the definition of corruption utilised by the Australian Public Service Commission, which is "The dishonest or biased exercise of Commonwealth public official functions."

Examples of corruption may include:
  • Bribe-seeking, bribe-giving or bribe-taking - such as secret commissions, kickbacks, or gratuities, which may be paid in money or in some other form of value to the receiver and may relate to a specific decision or action by the receiver or generally
  • A serious conflict of interest involving an employee acting in his or her own self-interest rather than in the interests of the Department
  • Manipulation of a procurement or grant process by improperly favouring one tenderer over others or selectively providing information to some tenderers
  • Seeking gifts, entertainment or anything else of value from contractors, suppliers, vendors, customers or persons providing goods or services to the Department
  • Nepotism or cronyism in hiring, procurement or grants processes
  • Collusion or conspiracy between a departmental employee and an external party to inappropriately advance that party's interests
  • Improper disclosure of government information to benefit a departmental employee or an external party
Commonwealth public officials who behave dishonestly, corruptly or without integrity will be investigated.

Reporting unethical, fraudulent or corrupt conduct by departmental officers

If you suspect or are aware of any fraudulent or corrupt activity by a departmental officer or contractor, contact the
Integrity Team below.

Phone: 02 6289 1700
In writing:
Integrity Team
MDP 90
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601

Alleged misconduct can be reported by emailing People Management.

Additional information can be found by going to the Australian Public Service Commission website.

Privacy Statement

The Department of Health is subject to the Privacy Act 1988. Personal information is collected by the Department in the course of receiving and responding to integrity reports. The primary purpose of this collection is the conduct of enquiries to address issues around professional integrity in relation to APS employment. The Department’s Privacy Policy is available from at The Department’s APP privacy policy web page.