Preventing fraud and corruption

We believe that all of our staff have a role in upholding the integrity of our department. We encourage our staff who have seen or heard something and have a concern about serious wrongdoing to report it. Making a disclosure helps to uncover corruption and other misuses of public resources.

Public interest disclosure

Our staff can make a public interest disclosure by reporting on suspected wrongdoing internally or to the NSW Ombudsman. When our staff report on this type of issue they are protected by the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (Act). Under this act, the identity of the staff member is kept as confidential as possible, providing them with support and protection from action related to making the disclosure.

To find out more, please visit the public interest disclosures section within the Code of Ethics and Conduct.

Speak Up — report suspect fraud or serious misconduct

The department has a Speak Up hotline (provided by KPMG) which allows staff or members of the public to lodge reports about suspect fraud and other serious misconduct.

The system allows you to make a report in one phone call and remain anonymous if you wish — if you do share your identity or contact details with KPMG, they will not be disclosed to us without your permission.

The information you provide to KPMG on fraud or misconduct, however, will be passed on to the department's Governance team to assess and advise on what should be done.

That information may also be shared with the police, law enforcement and investigative agencies, regulators, government departments and agencies, and the relevant Minister where that is necessary to investigate or report on the actions being taken.

Note that the purpose of this hotline is not to resolve complaints or arbitrate on frivolous matters.

All reports will be taken seriously and will be managed professionally.


For more information on how KPMG will handle any personal information collected as part of this service, refer to their Privacy statement.