Preliminary Enquiries and Assessments into Possible Misconduct Matters
In some cases a situation can become complex and include a significant number of complainants and it may be difficult for the agency to fully grasp or particularise the nature of the complaints being received.
NGS conducts preliminary enquiries into matters of a complex nature where the outcome of the review is to establish whether any elements or suspicion of misconduct exist and if so to provide sufficient information to Industrial Relations to allow for an allegation to be accurately particularised.
NGS’s role in preliminary enquiries or assessments is to identify what each suspected act of misconduct is in breach of, such as the code of conduct, policy or instrument.
Additionally, NGS is required to specify the details of each suspected act of misconduct and identify the relevant details of the suspected act such as location, date, time, action and or behaviours and offer that suspicion to Industrial Relations for their consideration of formalising an investigation.
NGS’ preliminary reviews are not required to include Recommendations, Findings or Conclusions, however, allow for the decision maker to determine whether sufficient suspicion exists to progress the matter as a misconduct enquiry. Conversely NGS preliminary reviews also can provide sufficient information to not support a suspicion that misconduct exists. Where appropriate NGS can provide suggestions on how matters should be progressed based upon the information received and the research conducted.
NGS provides draft reports in the first instance in order to engage with the agency and ensure that expectations are being met and the outcomes are realistic.
Any preliminary enquiry conducted by NGS will provide a clear and concise snapshot of the complaint/s and where appropriate and applicable, will identify any suspicion of whether misconduct exists. If that suspicion exists, NGS will particularise and frame any relevant allegations for inclusion in subsequent formal notification letters.