Ethics and public sector work

Crawford School of Public Policy | Executive course
Enrichment

Summary

In the midst of debate about the levels of corruption and misconduct in the APS, coupled with declining trust in institutions including government, understanding ethical codes and behaving ethically are essential skills for public sector employees. By employing interactive techniques that draw on participants’ own experiences, supplemented by research findings, this course will provide a theoretical and experiential basis for participants to become familiar with the APS’ ethical infrastructure, and understand and practise ethical behaviour across formal and informal domains.

Course date: 
9.30am–4.30pm 7 August 2019
Venue: 
#132, Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: 

$1,095 For more information about group discounts contact csee@anu.edu.au

Course overview

The ethical conduct of people in organisations is currently under suspicion in both the private and public sector. High profile failures involving sexual misconduct, nepotism and corruption seem common. Each annual APS survey cycle sparks fierce debate about the levels of corruption and misconduct in the APS, including the need for a national-level anti-corruption agency to oversee integrity in the Australian Government. In the face of this, as well as a widespread decline in trust in institutions including governments, understanding ethical codes and behaving ethically are essential skills for public sector employees.

By employing interactive techniques that draw on participants’ own experiences, supplemented by research findings, this module will provide a theoretical and experiential basis for participants to become familiar with the APS’ ethical infrastructure, and understand and practise ethical behaviour across formal and informal domains.

Course presenter(s)

Dr Pamela Kinnear

Pamela brings a wealth of experience at senior levels in government (line Depts, statistical agencies, PM&C), non-government, academic/think tank and consulting sectors including: • Leading major projects of national significance (e.g., reforming Australia’s child support system; disaster recovery – Vic fires/Qld floods; higher education reform; welfare reform) • Conducting research and engaging in public commentary and analysis in the broadcast and print media • Coordinating policy positions amongst nationally dispersed memberships • Speaking in major conferences and meetings and appearing before Parliamentary Committees

Dr Stephen Mugford

Stephen brings over 40 years’ experience as an educator, researcher, facilitator and change management consultant for government, military, private sector and non-government organisations, including: • A focus on ethics in organisations, including the Australian Defence Force (Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics), and organisational culture change at senior levels • Expert advisor on major national reviews, including both major ADFA reviews on inappropriate behaviour and bullying • Stakeholder consultations for key public policy issues – such as health reform, prison policy • A successful academic career, specialising in sociology and social psychology, with an international reputation in criminology and drug policy

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