Employees in the Victorian public sector should always make decisions in the best interests of the community, free from bias or favouritism.
However, public sector employees can be used to gain access to their colleagues, confidential information or to taxpayer funded resources. A public sector employee may be improperly influenced to make a decision through pressure, favours or gifts; or more subtly by someone abusing their seniority or position.
Often a relationship can start out as professional but can develop into one where a person is being influenced in a way that's not consistent with the community's expectations.
This is improper influence, and it can happen in government departments, agencies, councils, hospitals and even schools. In fact, it can happen anywhere in the public sector.
If you see or experience improper influence, you should report it to a manager immediately.
You can also make a complaint or report information to IBAC. But first, check it's something we can investigate.
Speak up to stop improper influence.
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