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Staff Conduct and Discipline Policy


1. Policy statement

The Department of Education expects all employees to observe the highest standards of conduct and integrity, and accountable and ethical behavior.

3. Responsibility for Implementation and Compliance

Line managers are responsible for implementing the policy.

Director, Standards and Integrity is responsible for compliance monitoring.

4. Scope

This policy applies to all employees.

6. Definitions

An expression of dissatisfaction:  It may be general in nature or relate to actions or the behavior of another employee, a part of the organization, a policy or a decision.

Includes, but is not limited to any actions, decisions or behaviours by employees that breach the Department’s Code of Conduct or the Public Sector Commission’s Code of Ethics. 

Serious Misconduct generally occurs when a public officer abuses authority for personal gain, causes detriment to another person or acts contrary to the public interest.

Minor misconduct occurs if conduct is not honest or impartial, involves a breach of trust, the misuse of information, or constitutes a disciplinary offence providing reasonable grounds for termination.

7. Related documents

8. Contact information

Policy manager:

Director, Standards and Integrity

Policy contact officer:

Director, Standards and Integrity

Standards and Integrity Directorate

Department of Education

151 Royal Street

East Perth WA 6004

T: (08) 9264 4740

Complaints Advice Line: 1800 655 985


9. History of changes

Effective date Last update date Policy version no.
12 February 2019 3.0
Staff Conduct and Discipline policy has undergone a major review. Endorsed by Director General at Corporate Executive on 28 November 2018.
12 February 2019 18 June 2021 3.1
Minor change to update links to 2021 Code of Conduct and Standards D21/0336756

10. More information

Policy review date

12 February 2022