The complaint raised concerns regarding a conflict of interest of a former member of a statutory panel providing advice on a particular industry to the relevant Minister.
Our investigation concluded that the facts of the matter did not support the allegation, particularly given the panel was an advisory body that could not make any decisions that may have benefited the person or the other company.
It was also relevant that, while the person’s obligation under the relevant legislation was to disclose any ‘interest that would conflict with the proper performance of the member’s duties’, the individual had been appointed to the panel based on their technical expertise and industry experience.
Sector: Tasmania State Service
Respondent level: Designated Public Officer
Misconduct risk(s): Conflicts of interest