26 September 2023

Super SA practices OKed by ICAC

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The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) has released its report on the practices, policies and procedures of Super SA, making 24 recommendations but finding no evidence of corruption.

In its report, Evaluation of the Practices, Policies & Procedures of Super SA, ICAC said its recommendations would assist Super SA address corruption risks arising from the management of human resources, contracts, projects and information.

“The evaluation did not investigate any allegations of corruption, nor did it uncover any evidence of corruption,” ICAC said in a statement tabling its report in Parliament.

“The evaluation revealed a number of risks which, if left unaddressed, might enable corruption to occur.”

Commissioner of ICAC, Ann Vanstone said that while many of the issues observed during the course of the evaluation were already known to Super SA and remained unresolved, “where vulnerabilities are identified by an agency, particularly in relation to corruption, they must be promptly addressed.”

ICAC said that although Super SA staff were alive to the external risk of receiving fraudulent claims, they were less aware of internal corruption risks.

“Many staff did not understand the value of the Super SA’s information assets, including member details and corporate document,” ICAC said, “the Commissioner observed that Super SA did not have sufficient controls to detect information misuse and as a result recommended that robust audit logging be implemented.”

ICAC also recommended that Super SA establish a staff intranet which acts as a central and accessible repository for the policies and procedures currently stored on network drives.

The ICAC Commissioner said that many of the weaknesses seen and observations made in its report were not unique to Super SA: “I hope that this report serves as a useful tool to other public authorities and public officers.”

The full 101-page ICAC report can be accessed at this PS News link.

The Commission’s evaluation team was Katy Osborne, Simon Thompson, Michelle Elliott and Emily Lyons.

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