Corporate governance framework

Our corporate governance framework document sets out how we function. It can be viewed here as a PDF document.

Corporate Governance Framework (PDF)

Protected Disclosures

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 provides safeguards for workers who raise legitimate concerns regarding actual or potential wrongdoing in the workplace. The Commission has developed procedures in line with the 2014 Act, which have been approved by the Management Team. The procedures detail:

  • how staff members can make a protected disclosure
  • what happens when a disclosure is made
  • what the Office will do to protect the discloser

The Commission recognises the importance of ensuring that staff feel supported in the workplace. It is committed to ensuring that its culture and working environment encourages and facilitates staff in ‘speaking up’ on any issue that impinges on the Commission’s ability to carry out its responsibilities.

How are disclosures made to the Commission?

There are a number of ways in which you can make a disclosure under the Act – for example, to your employer or, sometimes, to an external “prescribed” person when you reasonably believe that the relevant wrongdoing fall the prescribe person’s remit. You must also reasonably believe that the information contained in the disclosure and any allegation contained in it is “substantially true”. This is a higher threshold than for an internal disclosure. The Director of the Commission for Public Service Appointments is a prescribed person under the Act (Statutory Instrument 339 of 2014, as amended by Statutory Instrument 448 of 2015).

What kind of disclosures can be made?

You can make disclosures to the Director of the Commission for Public Service Appointments regarding all matters relating to the setting of standards for recruitment and selection for public service appointments including the monitoring and auditing of public sector recruitment and selection activities.

Section 22 of the 2014 Act requires every public body to prepare and publish an annual report in relation to protected disclosures received under the provisions of that Act. The table below indicates the position:

Year

Protected Disclosures Received

2016

Nil

2017

Nil

2018

Nil

2019

Nil

2020 Nil