Ethical Standards Unit
The Ethical Standards Unit (ESU) reports directly to our Director-General and operates independently from the rest of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG), free from influence by business areas. The unit is a key integrity assurance measure to promote, encourage and ensure staff employed by the department behave ethically.
The unit is responsible for advising departmental officers on ethical dilemmas, conflicts of interest, and secondary employment. It also develops and delivers programs that improve ethical culture and decision making across the department. Key among these programs are:
- a 3-hour face-to-face workplace ethics workshop for all staff
- an additional 2-hour workshop for managers and supervisors
- an online workplace ethics refresher.
The ESU receives and assesses allegations of misconduct and corrupt conduct and—where appropriate—manages the investigations and submission of reports. It advises decision makers on serious workplace conduct and disciplinary issues, liaising with the:
- Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) about alleged corrupt conduct
- Queensland Police Service about alleged criminal conduct
- Queensland Ombudsman about public interest disclosures (PIDs)
- Public Service Commission regarding conduct and performance.
The unit also has responsibility for the:
- DJAG workplace policy (which augments the Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service)
- Other employment policy (relating to second jobs)
- Conflicts of interest policy
- Public interest disclosure policy.
The ESU is committed to acting in accordance with the Human Rights Act 2019, including acting and making decisions in a way compatible with human rights, and giving proper consideration to human rights in making decisions. Read more information about human rights.