5 October 2023

Queensland public sector conduct and performance data released

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Public Sector Commissioner David Mackie has welcomed the report. Photo: Supplied.

Queensland public sector employee conduct and performance data has been released and shows a return to pre-COVID trends, with 98 per cent of the state’s 240,000+ workforce meeting or exceeding the standards expected of them.

Each year information is collected across the Queensland public sector to understand the number, seriousness and how employee conduct and performance matters have been handled.

The practice ensures a commitment to the standards and professional conduct expected of the state’s public servants.

Excluding matters associated with non-compliance with COVID-19 vaccination requirements, the total number of performance matters in 2022–23 was 3973, the same as 2020–21.

Importantly, data shows that most conduct and performance issues (94 per cent) fall into the less serious categories.

This includes behaviour requiring performance improvement, negligent performance of duties, or reckless or malicious behaviour requiring formal discipline processes.

Non-compliance with COVID-19 vaccination requirements remains a focus for some frontline departments to resolve with 75 matters still outstanding on 30 June 2023.

The release of the data each year supports transparency and accountability in government.

“We are committed to ensuring our workforce acts with the highest levels of integrity and in a manner that the Queensland community expects of us,” Public Sector Commissioner David Mackie said.

“By openly sharing this information, we reinforce our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of ethical behaviour and professionalism among the public sector.

“While some matters can be extremely complex and take time to ensure due process, timeliness to manage and resolve matters is an area of focus for chief executives across the
public sector.

“Professional public service practice is a key area of focus in the development of the five-year strategy for an even better public sector for Queensland that is being undertaken in response to the Coaldrake Report.”

The Queensland public sector Conduct and Performance Data 2022–23 can be accessed here.

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