ICAC Reform Program

A public statement was released by the former Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Ken Fleming QC on 5 July 2021.

It included:

  • findings of corrupt conduct against a former principal of Milingimbi School in central Arnhem Land
  • 16 recommendations on how the department could strengthen oversight and governance of schools.

The department supports these recommendations in principle and is taking this as an opportunity to improve how schools are supported. This allows schools to focus on delivering high quality teaching and learning to students.

To focus on and drive this department work, an ICAC Reform Program team has been formed.

This program has identified 3 areas of focus:

  • governance
  • administration processes
  • oversight.

What is being done

Actions in 2021 included:

  • reinforcing awareness of existing policies like:
    • conflict of interest
    • administration of public funding
    • general employment obligations as Northern Territory Public Sector (NTPS) employees
  • updating and communicating the department’s revised travel guidelines
  • briefing sessions with principals reaffirming the conflict of interest process and travel policy
  • introducing formal fraud and corruption training sessions
  • highlighting the ICAC recommendations at the 2021 School Business Managers Conference
  • meetings in Milingimbi about the ICAC recommendations, supported by Aboriginal interpreters with:
    • Milingimbi School staff
    • the school representative body
    • broader community members
  • an induction session for 6 regional senior director education officers, which outlined the:
    • ICAC recommendations
    • accountabilities of senior directors in delegations and approvals relating to travel and conflict of interest
    • support provided to principals with financial management
  • principal orientation programs updated to include:
    • NTPS values
    • finance management
    • conflict of interest
  • principal job description templates updated to outline:
    • legislative requirements and
    • accountability placed upon principal positions
  • regular review and revision of government employee housing
  • review of the school representative bodies policy and guidelines
  • development of an interim school finance manual.

Last updated March 2022. Progress towards recommendations will be updated quarterly.

Last updated: 25 March 2022

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