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ICAC to begin 'evaluation' of TAFE SA


The Independent Commission Against Corruption will next week begin looking into TAFE SA as part of checking systems to stop corruption in public administration.

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ICAC Commissioner Ann Vanstone this morning said the evaluation would begin on Monday, April 4.

“Unlike an investigation, an evaluation is not directed at specific allegations of impropriety,” Vanstone said in a statement.

“Rather, an evaluation allows the Commission to examine a public authority’s practices, policies and procedures, highlighting those which properly safeguard against corruption and identifying any weaknesses or opportunities for improvement.”

Vanstone said that TAFE SA provided education and training to more than 60,000 students and “it is essential that TAFE SA has effective systems in place to prevent corruption”.

ICAC’s evaluation terms of reference include the extent to which TAFE SA’s governance framework adequately guards against the risks of corruption and its practices, policies and procedures for human resources, procurement, contract and asset and facilities management.

It will also examine how TAFE SA claims and reports on government subsidy payments and its framework “to manage relationships between staff and students and whether those processes are adequate to guard against inappropriate enrolments, assessments, qualifications, and awards of licenses, certificates, diplomas and associate degrees”.

ICAC said the terms of reference may alter depending on information and submissions received during its inquiry.

Vanstone will report the results of its TAFE SA study to parliament next year.

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