We have zero tolerance for fraudulent or corrupt conduct by councillors, employees, volunteers, contractors or suppliers, and we support the reporting of alleged wrongdoing.
If you suspect fraudulent or corrupt conduct, you can make a report directly to us, contact the Public Sector Commission or the Corruption and Crime Commission.
The Public Sector Commission and Corruption and Crime Commission have the necessary powers and authority to investigate and make properly informed and considered findings about alleged or suspected misconduct by individual elected members or employees of a local government, and to do so in accordance with the rules of natural justice.
From City of Melville Fraud and Corruption Control Plan:
Dishonest activity causing actual or potential financial loss to any persons or entity including theft of moneys or other property by employees or persons external to the entity and where deception is used at the time, immediately before or immediately following the activity. This also includes the deliberate falsification, concealment, destruction or use of falsified documentation used or intended for use for a normal business purpose or for improper use of information or position for personal financial benefit.
Dishonest activity in which a director, executive, manager, employee or contractor of an entity acts contrary to the interests of the entity and abuses his/her position of trust in order to achieve some personal gain or advantage for him or herself or for another person or entity. The concept of ‘corruption’ can also involve corrupt conduct by the entity, or a person purporting to act on behalf of and in the interests of the entity, in order to secure some form of improper advantage for the entity either directly or indirectly.
We encourage you to call the Public Sector Commission and ask to speak with a consultant before making an allegation.
Key Pieces of Information
- The name and position of the person/s allegedly involved and where they work
- What date and/or time the alleged conduct occurred
- A brief description of your allegations and why you think that behaviour is fraudulent or corrupt
- If you have spoken, or complained, to any other oversight agencies about the allegations, and when that complaint was made
You can report any suspicions, concerns or allegations directly to the relevant authority.
Minor misconduct by a public officer may be reported to the Public Sector Commission. Further information on reporting allegations of misconduct can be found on the Public Sector Commission website.
Serious misconduct by a public officer may be reported to the Corruption and Crime Commission. Further information on reporting allegations can be found on the Corruption and Crime Commission website.
You can also report alleged fraud or corruption direct to us by completing our Report an Allegation of Fraud or Corruption online form or downloading and filling in our Report an Allegation of Fraud or Corruption PDF form.
You can use the online form below or our PDF form to report:
- Fraudulent or corrupt conduct that involves or affects a City of Melville employee. For example, an employee improperly using their position for private gain.
- Fraudulent or corrupt conduct that involves or affects the City of Melville as an organisation. For example, a person submitting inaccurate work history for a job application or fraudulent documentation for a permit application, or a City of Melville contractor submitting false invoices.
Do not use this form to report issues like
- Unauthorised construction works
- Noise complaints
- Fallen tree branches
Once submitted, the allegation will be investigated by our fraud control officers. We will acknowledge receipt of your allegation and you may be contacted for further information; however you may not be advised of the outcome of any investigation.
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (WA) provides protection for public officials disclosing corrupt conduct, maladministration, waste and local government pecuniary interest contravention in the public sector. If you are a public officer and wish to lodge your public interest disclosure, visit our Public Interest Disclosure page.
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