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PUBLIC SERVICE REGULATIONS 1999 - REG 6.3

Circumstances in which Australian Public Service Commissioner may decline to conduct, or may discontinue, inquiry into alleged breach of Code of Conduct by Agency Head

             (1)  For paragraphs 41A(3)(a) and (b) of the Act, a circumstance in which the Australian Public Service Commissioner may decide to decline to conduct, or to discontinue, an inquiry is that the Australian Public Service Commissioner concludes that conducting or continuing the inquiry is not in the public interest.

             (2)  In deciding to decline to conduct, or to discontinue, an inquiry into an alleged breach of the Code of Conduct, the Australian Public Service Commissioner may have regard to the following:

                     (a)  whether the allegation is vexatious, frivolous, misconceived, or lacking in substance;

                     (b)  whether sufficient detail about the allegation has been provided;

                     (c)  whether the allegation refers to specific decisions or actions by the Agency Head;

                     (d)  whether the allegation identifies conduct which, if proven, would constitute a breach of the Code of Conduct;

                     (e)  whether the allegation relates to a decision properly taken, or to policy properly adopted, by the Agency Head, with which the person making the allegation disagrees;

                      (f)  whether the cost of conducting an inquiry is justified in the circumstances.



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