Public sector conduct and performance data released

Published 29 September 2023

  • Public sector employee conduct and performance data has been released and shows a return to pre-COVID-19 trends.
  • Results confirm 98 per cent of the state’s 240,000+ strong public sector workers meet or exceed the standards expected of them.

Each year across the Queensland public sector information is collected to understand the number, seriousness and how employee conduct and performance matters have been handled.

The practice ensures a commitment to the standards and professional conduct expected of the state’s public servants.

Excluding matters associated with non-compliance with COVID-19 vaccination requirements, the total number of performance matters in 2022–23 was 3973, the same as 2020–21.

Importantly, data shows that most conduct and performance issues (94%) fall into the less serious categories.

This includes behaviour requiring performance improvement, negligent performance of duties, or reckless or malicious behaviour requiring formal discipline processes.

Non-compliance with COVID-19 vaccination requirements remains a focus for some frontline departments to resolve with 75 matters still outstanding on the 30 June 2023.

The release of the data each year in September supports transparency and accountability in government.

Quotes attributable to the Public Sector Commissioner, David Mackie

‘We are committed to ensuring our workforce acts with the highest levels of integrity and in a manner that the Queensland community expects of us,’ the Commissioner said.

‘By openly sharing this information, we reinforce our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of ethical behaviour and professionalism among the public sector.

‘While some matters can be extremely complex and take time to ensure due process, timeliness to manage and resolve matters is an area of focus for chief executives across the public sector.

‘Professional public service practice is a key area of focus in the development of the five-year strategy for an even better public sector for Queensland that is being undertaken in response to the Coaldrake Report.’

Further information

See the For Government website for the Queensland public sector conduct and performance data 2022–23.

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