What we do
We prevent and investigate public sector misconduct so you can have trust in government.
Our role is independent of State and local government, and operates outside the control of Ministers or government departments.
We also work with the public sector to improve the standard of conduct and ethics – through training, identifying risk areas and monitoring their complaint handling.
An introduction to the Integrity Commission
Statement of integrity
The Integrity Commission always acts independently and in the public interest. We strive to be a positive influence and an agent for change within the public sector.
Our values are:
All Commission employees are subject to the State Service Code of Conduct, provided in the State Service Act 2000 (Tas). Our values support the Code and the associated State Service Principles.
Diversity and inclusion
We recognise the strengths that diversity brings to our workplace as well as to the Tasmanian community.
We seek to make our workplace accessible for all people, and particularly encourage Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ+) people to consider a future with us.
The Commission is governed by a Board comprising,
- the Chief Commissioner, Greg Melick AO SC
- three appointed Board members:
- Luppo Prins APM
- Phil Foulston
- Rob Winter
The Commission is managed by our CEO Michael Easton and operates with an operations team, misconduct prevention team and business services team. As a small organisation, we work with a high degree of cross-team collaboration. All employees make a substantial contribution to the effectiveness of the office.
The Operations team is responsible for our complaint handling, monitoring and investigative functions. The unit handles all allegations of public sector misconduct and conducts own-motion investigations, as directed by the Board, as well as the Commission’s police oversight program.
The Director, Operations is Sarah Frost.
Education and Engagement
The Education and Engagement team progresses our objective of increasing public sector capacity to prevent and respond to misconduct risks. It does this through education and engagement, advice and support. The unit is also responsible for our communications and media portfolio.
The Director, Education and Engagement is Julia Hickey.
The Corporate Services team oversees the management and continuous improvement of our business practices. This includes managing our financial services and reporting, information and IT security, records, facilities and human resources, and providing secretariat support to the Board and senior management.
The Director, Corporate Services is Rachael Daniels.
Office of the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner
The role of Parliamentary Standards Commissioner is established under section 27 of the Integrity Commission Act and is independent of the Commission.
The Hon Sue Smith AM was appointed Parliamentary Standards Commissioner in September 2021. This followed two terms in the position by the Hon Michael Tate AO.
Sue was first elected to public office in 1981 to Ulverstone Council, and was Warden of Ulverstone from 1992–93. She was the first Mayor of Central Coast Council, a newly created entity after Council Amalgamations in 1993. Sue was the President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania from 1994–98, and the Tasmanian representative on the Australia Local Government Association.
After retiring from local government, Sue was elected to the Legislative Council in 1997, and was President of the Council from 2008 until her retirement in 2013. Since then, Sue has been an Independent Director of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Board member of the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania, Chair of Marine and Safety Tasmania, and Commissioner of Glenorchy Council. Currently Sue retains her position on the Board of RACT and the Code of Conduct Panel for Local Government.
The Commission is accountable to Parliament through the Joint Standing Committee on Integrity. The committee has six members across both Houses of Parliament.
Here to stay
The legislation and the role of the Commission were comprehensively reviewed after five years by the Hon William Cox AC, ED, QC, including taking account of a wide range of submissions. His review report concluded that the role and functions of the Commission should continue, with some amendments. All submissions are available on the Integrity Commission Act Review website.
The Tasmanian community has demonstrated a consistently high level of support for the role of the Commission in surveys conducted by an independent research company.
The Commission operates under a robust policy framework. The following policies have been published in the public interest.
- Conflict of Interest Policy (PDF, 563.5 KB)
- Dealing with Unacceptable Behaviours from Stakeholders Policy (PDF, 500.8 KB)
- Communications and Media Policy (PDF, 152.0 KB)
If you are interested in a different policy, please contact us to request access.