I, David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, establish these procedures under subsection 15 (3) of the Public Service Act 1999 ('the Act') and the Public Service Amendment Act 2013.
These procedures commence operation the day endorsed by the Director-General.
These procedures supersede the previous procedures made for the National Archives of Australia under subsection 15 (3) of the Act, but the previous procedures may continue to apply for transitional purposes.
National Archives of Australia
29 November 2013
|1.1||These procedures apply in determining whether a person who is an APS employee at the National Archives of Australia, or who is a former APS employee who was employed at the National Archives of Australia at the time of the suspected misconduct, has breached the APS Code of Conduct ('the Code') in section 13 of the Public Service Act 1999 ('the Act').|
|1.2||These procedures apply in determining any sanction to be imposed on an APS employee at the National Archives of Australia who has been found to have breached the Code.|
|1.3||These procedures, as they apply to determining whether there has been a breach of the Code, apply to any suspected breach of the Code except for one in respect of which a decision had been made before 1 July 2013 to begin an investigation to determine whether there had been a breach of the Code.|
|1.4||These procedures, as they apply to determining any sanction for breach of the Code, apply where a sanction decision is under consideration on or after 1 July 2013.|
|1.5||In these procedures, a reference to a breach of the Code by a person includes a reference to a person engaging in conduct set out in subsection 15 (2A) of the Act in connection with their engagement as an APS employee.|
|Note: Not all suspected breaches of the Code need to be dealt with by way of determination under these procedures. In particular circumstances, another way of dealing with a suspected breach of the Code may be more appropriate, including performance management.|
|2.1||As provided for in subsection 15 (7) of the Act, these procedures are publicly available on the National Archives of Australia's website.|
|3.1||As soon as practicable after a suspected breach of the Code has been identified and the Director-General, or a person authorised by the Director-General, has decided to deal with the suspected breach under these procedures, the Director-General or that person will appoint a decision maker ('the breach decision maker') to make a determination under these procedures. The breach decision maker may be a non-APS person where it is determined it is more appropriate to ensure the breach decision maker appears independent and unbiased.|
|Note: The Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions 2013 provide that where the conduct of an APS employee raises concerns that relate both to effective performance and possible breaches of the Code, the Agency Head must, before making a decision to commence formal misconduct action, have regard to any relevant standards and guidance issued by the Australian Public Service Commissioner.|
|3.2||The role of the breach decision maker is to determine in writing whether a breach of the Code has occurred.|
|3.3||The breach decision maker may seek the assistance of an investigator with matters including investigating the alleged breach, gathering evidence and making a report of recommended factual findings to the breach decision maker.|
|3.4||The person who is to decide what, if any, sanction is to be imposed on an APS employee who is found to have breached the Code must hold a delegation of the power under the Act to impose sanctions ('the sanction delegate').|
|3.5||These procedures do not prevent the breach decision maker from being the sanction delegate in the same matter.|
Note: Any delegation of powers under the Act that is proposed to be made to a person who is not an APS employee must be approved in writing in advance by the Australian Public Service Commissioner. This is required by subsection 78 (8) of the Act. This would include delegation of the power under subsection 15 (1) to impose a sanction.
Note: Appointment as a breach decision maker under these procedures does not empower the breach decision maker to make a decision regarding sanction. Only the Secretary or a person who has been delegated the power under section 15 of the Act and related powers, such as under section 29 of the Act, may make a sanction decision.
|4.1||The breach decision maker and the sanction delegate must be, and must appear to be, independent and unbiased.|
|4.2||The breach decision maker and the sanction delegate must advise the Director-General in writing if they consider that they may not be independent and unbiased or if they consider that they may reasonably be perceived not to be independent and unbiased, for example if they are a witness in the matter.|
|5.1||The process for determining whether a person who is, or was, an APS employee in the agency has breached the Code must be carried out with as little formality, and with as much expedition, as a proper consideration of the matter allows.|
|5.2||The process must be consistent with the principles of procedural fairness.|
Note: Procedural fairness generally requires that:
A determination may not be made in relation to a suspected breach of the Code by a person unless reasonable steps have been taken to:
Note: This clause is designed to ensure that by the time the breach decision maker comes to make a determination, reasonable steps have been taken for the person suspected of breach to be informed of the case against them. It will generally also be good practice to give the person notice at an early stage in the process of a summary of the details of the suspected breach that are available at that time and notice of the elements of the Code that are suspected to have been breached.
Note: The breach decision maker may decide to give the person the opportunity to make both a written and an oral statement.
|5.4||A person who does not make a statement in relation to the suspected breach is not, for that reason alone, to be taken to have admitted to committing the suspected breach.|
|5.5||For the purpose of determining whether a person who is, or was, an APS employee at the National Archives of Australia has breached the Code, a formal hearing is not required.|
|5.6||The breach decision maker (or the person assisting the breach decision maker, if any) where they consider in all the circumstances that the request is reasonable, must agree to a request made by the person who is suspected of breaching the Code to have a support person present in a meeting or interview they conduct.|
|6.1||The process for deciding on sanction must be consistent with the principles of procedural fairness.|
If a determination is made that an APS employee in the agency has breached the Code, a sanction may not be imposed on the employee unless reasonable steps have been taken to:
|Note: The sanction delegate may decide to give the employee the opportunity to make both a written and an oral statement.|
|7.1||If a determination in relation to a suspected breach of the Code by a person who is, or was, an APS employee at the National Archives of Australia is made, a written record must be made of:
|Note: The Archives Act 1983 and the Privacy Act 1988 apply to departmental records.|
|8.1||This clause applies if:
|8.2||Unless the Director-General and the new Agency Head agree otherwise, the movement (including on promotion) does not take effect until the matter is resolved.|
For the purpose of this clause the matter is taken to be resolved when: