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SSC releases "Speaking Up" standards

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The State Services Commission has released model standards for organisations where public servants raise wrongdoing concerns.

Acting in the Spirit of Service - Speaking Up outlines the SSC's minimum expectations for organisations to support staff on speaking up on relation to wrongdoing concerns that could damage the integrity of the State services.

"They comprise all the key elements for promoting a ‘speak up’ culture, operating good processes including timely investigations, and keeping people safe from reprisals or other detrimental impacts," the SSC says. 

"These are the standards expected of all organisations within the State services – organisations will determine whether additional policies and processes are required."

The SSC says all State services organisations should ensure that these standards are integrated into policies and processes for reporting wrongdoing within their Human Resource, Employment Relations, and operational management systems.