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Staff conduct

All staff should be familiar with UWA’s mission, vision and values as clearly set out on the Staff Intranet.

Staff are required to read the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct (the Codes) [DOC, 326 KB], and to conduct themselves in accordance with this.  There are also a number of policies that flow from the Codes which staff should also be familiar with.

Managers and Human Resources can provide support and guidance where staff have concerns or assist in situations where a person is not meeting the expected standards of conduct. Further information is available on the Staff Intranet.

What is integrity in the workplace?

Integrity is based on values rather than personal gain and is one of UWA’s five key values.  It means working with honesty, dependability, sound judgement and loyalty.  A well-known definition is: integrity is doing the right thing (through your words, actions and beliefs) when no one is watching.

Put simply, acting with integrity means you:  

  • are reliable and dependable
  • are trustworthy and honest
  • are respectful and inclusive
  • have a strong work ethic
  • take responsibility for your actions
  • use authority and make decisions responsibly

Why is integrity important in the workplace?

Acting with integrity fosters a more positive and professional workplace that builds trust not only at UWA, but also fosters public trust in UWA itself.  In particular, where we all act with integrity the following key objectives are achieved:

  • an open, positive and safe work environment
  • cultural and organisational achievements in diversity, equity and inclusion
  • more resilient teams and leadership
  • effective decision making
  • better student and staff experiences

UWA’s Integrity Framework

In addition to helping all staff understand their responsibilities and the expected standards of behaviour, UWA has more formal responsibilities to establish and maintain frameworks to meet not only University needs, but to meet our responsibilities as a public university.  These frameworks are based on ongoing assessment of our integrity and organisational risks.  They establish responsibilities and strategies in support of the frameworks and help identify and respond to possible integrity breaches.

Find out more about three key frameworks -

Wrongdoing and Integrity Breaches

Wrongdoing is a term used describe specific staff conduct.  It includes fraud, corruption, maladministration, serious waste of funds and other criminal activity. UWA recognises the invaluable contribution of those who report suspected wrongdoing and under both law and policy will support those coming forward.  More information on reporting, including anonymous reports, can be found on the ISU Reports & Complaints page.

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