Australian Public Service employees are required to behave at all times in a way which upholds APS Values.
Behavior or conduct judged contrary to APS values could result in a breach of the Code of Conduct, and can lead to serious, permanent and career limiting penalties.
CPSU doesn't support bad behavior or misconduct, but we do support clear rules and proper processes so investigations can be conducted transparently and justly.
We provide practical, no-nonsense advice based on realistic case assessments and offer assistance in drafting responses and sanction reviews. A code of conduct investigation is serious business - and a time when you need professional help in your corner.
I'm being investigated for a suspected breach of the Code - help!
Get immediate assistance: Union members should contact CPSU's Member Service Centre immediately for confidential advice. An organiser will be available to look over all the paper work and advise you what to expect as the investigation continues, and provide assistance editing any written information you need to supply. If you never joined the union and want help, feel free to contact us. However new membership is subject to approval and certain conditions may apply.
Be honest: Its natural to want to protect your career but covering up wrongdoing just makes the situation worse. If you have made a mistake you need to admit it. By trusting your organiser and providing them with complete and accurate information they are able to provide the best assistance they can. Non-disclosures don't look good when exposed later on and can sometimes have serious consequences.
Take it seriously: Suspected breaches of the code of conduct result in serious investigation which can be uncomfortable and invasive. If found guilty of a breach, applicable sanctions can include demotion, reduction in salary or in some cases termination. Make sure you get professional advice and don't try to get through what can be a very stressful process on your own.
But I don't work for the Public Service - can you still help me?
Yes. CPSU has experience dealing with misconduct processes in all sectors where we have members. We can provide practical advice about informal and formal disciplinary procedures in your workplace and can assist you throughout the process.