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    Perceptions of corruption in Victoria

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    This paper reports on community and public servants’ perceptions of corruption in Victoria. Introduction The public service is critical to the lives of every Victorian, providing front line social, health, justice and emergency services and transport and other infrastructure that supports our daily lives. The Victorian public has a right to expect that people working for the public sector perform their duties with integrity, fairly and honestly. If corrupt activities are not identified or are left unchecked, this can lead to a waste of public money and resources, can undermine people’s trust and respect in government, and damage the reputation of the public sector as a whole. How do people perceive the level of corruption in the Victorian public sector? What are the risks? And do they know how to respond? In late 2012, the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) engaged the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption at the Australian National University (ANU) to conduct research into corruption risks within the Victorian public sector. The overall aim of the research was to establish baseline information on current corruption risks and challenges to help inform IBAC’s future prevention and education strategies. As part of the research to examine perceptions of corruption in Victoria, focus groups were held with community members, and surveys were conducted with the community and senior public servants. This paper reports on the findings from these studies of community and public servants’ perceptions of corruption in Victoria.   This report was produced in partnership with the Australian National University

    The loss of governance capacity through corruption

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    Corruption manifests itself in many ways and at different levels. Corrupt behavior causes outrage to victims and those who value civil society, it impedes good government and administrative practice. The policy challenge in reducing corruption is to identify the component parts of corrupt behavior and the risk-reward profiles of offenders. This exploratory article begins this process by reporting data from 100 successfully prosecuted cases from New York City. The article analyzes data on varying degrees of corruption in service provision in New York City. The loss to the city is much more a loss of governance capacity than it is a monetary loss

    Accommodation options for elderly people

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    Speech presented at the Anglican Retirement Villages Jubilee Seminar, Sydney, 26 October 1984 by Adam Graycar, Director, Social Welfare Research Centre, University of New South Wales. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/Elderly people require a wide range of supports, mostly income support, but also health services, housing support, and social services. Public resources which are allocated are substantial, yet the range of incomes, access to services and housing situation of elderly people is probably wider than for any other population category. As we look to the future in gerontological planning it will be necessary to develop in our planning, the philosophical concepts, the framework for action, the process, and the product. Accommodation policies are important starters because the product is obvious, the process is easily identifiable, the framework for action may be cumbersome, but the philosophical concepts needs a lot of working out. This comes about because of the diversity of the elderly population and the wide variety of needs, resources, problems and conditions

    Book review: Corruption in the Contemporary World: Theory, Practice and Hotspots. Edited by Jonathan Mendilow and Ilan Peleg. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. 280p. $100.00. Perspectives on Politics, 14(03), 908-909.

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    ‘This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Graycar, A. (2016). Book review: Corruption in the Contemporary World: Theory, Practice and Hotspots. Edited by Jonathan Mendilow and Ilan Peleg. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. 280p. $100.00. Perspectives on Politics, 14(03), 908-909. which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1537592716002498 COPYRIGHT: © American Political Science Association 201

    Awareness of Corruption in the Community and Public Service: a Victorian Study

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    This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving'. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.Corruption hurts the public and undermines government. This study of perceptions of corruption in Victoria shows that the community believes corruption is on the increase, yet this view is not shared by public servants. In general corruption is not on the radar of senior Victorian public servants. There are more perceptions of corruption in line agencies than in central agencies. Behaviours most commonly suspected and observed were hiring family and friends, conflict of interest, abuse of discretion and abuse of information. One- third of public servants surveyed thought there were opportunities for bribery, yet only 4% had suspected bribery and less than one per cent had personally observed it. Almost half do not believe they would be protected from victimisation should they report corruption. The data reported here poses challenges in thinking about corruption when devising integrity standards in the public service

    Corruption

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    From Rowe. Achieving Sustainability, 1E. © 2014 Gale, a part of Cengage, Inc. Reproduced by permission. www.cengage.com/permission

    Non-Government Welfare Organisations diversity

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    Speech presented at the Australian Council of Social Services Congress, Sydney, 8 September 1983 by Adam Graycar, Director, Social Welfare Research Centre, University of New South Wales. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/It has often been said that social work is an attempt to apply private solutions to public ills. Is this what NGWOs are about? Traditional argument is that NGWOs are innovative and flexible. The potential for innovation however can be found in both government and NGWOS, and the location of innovative action is often fortuitous. While many NGWOs rely on government for funding, government relies on NGWOs for service provision

    Public Policy: core business and by-products

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    "This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Evidence & Policy. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Graycar, Adam (2007) Public Policy: core business and by-products, Evidence and Policy, Vol. 3, No 4, 567-575 . is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/174426407782516475"This paper explores the interesting phenomenon of unintended consequences in policy making: that benefits may accrue in one domain of policy making as the result of actions in another with very different interests and priorities. For example, a key randomised controlled trial of a nurse home visiting programme for young mothers identified significant long term crime reduction benefits among their children. Policy makers, in Australia and elsewhere, are currently not well equipped to recognise or capitalise on these by-products of policy making, and the author offers some suggestions for improving matters

    Aged care in Australia: conflicting issues

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    Speech presented to the National Council on the Ageing seminar "1984 and beyond", Washington DC, April 4-7 1984, by Adam Graycar, Director, Social Welfare Research Centre, University of New South Wales. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/For conventional reasons those aged 65 or more are regarded as constituting our population of elderly persons. 9.7% of Australia's population is aged 65 or more. Most are not in the labour force and thus rely for their security on past investments; government pensions and benefits and services; and their families. Some are fortunate in having a combination of all three, others survive on one or two of these. The population is ageing slowly and the implications of this for social security and health and social service provision have caused alarm in some government circles

    Corruption in sport - a new field for public policy

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