TOPIC: Best practice employment screening
Employment screening can be a powerful corruption control, but it is often not effectively utilised. The ICAC has now released a report that recommends that agencies strengthen employment screening practices to prevent corrupt conduct.
Employment application fraud is a common problem. Studies have shown that 20-30 percent of job applications contain some kind of falsehood.
The Commission has published a number of investigation reports that have featured employment application fraud. For example, candidates have claimed degrees and qualifications that had never been awarded, falsified work histories or work achievements, concealed a history of criminal or disciplinary activity and used false or misleading referees. In some instances, candidates that have engaged in employment application fraud have engaged in further corrupt conduct once they were employed. This can result in wide reaching negative effects for agencies and impair public confidence in the agency.
To address this problem and minimise the risk of corruption, this paper provides an integrated approach to improve employment screening practices in the NSW public sector. This paper recommends that agencies use a risk-based approach to employment screening, ensure that roles and responsibilities for employment screening are appropriately assigned, improve the quality of employment screening checks, screen non-permanent workers and consider screening employees throughout their tenure.
SPEAKER: Emma Fabiansson, Senior Corruption Prevention Officer, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption
As a Senior Corruption Prevention Officer with the NSW ICAC, Emma Fabiansson identifies systemic corruption risks within the NSW public sector, and develops tangible strategies to minimise them. Since joining the ICAC in 2014, Dr Fabiansson has led or contributed to several ICAC corruption prevention projects on employment screening, change management, facilities maintenance and political donations. In addition, Emma Fabiansson has led corruption prevention analysis on a number of ICAC investigations. Prior to joining the ICAC, she worked as a researcher in the university sector, having earned a PhD in Psychology and a Masters in Organisational Psychology from the University of NSW. The ICAC's Dr Emma Fabiansson will present on Best practice employment screening.