This self-assessment tool is designed to assist public sector employees meet their obligation to identify, disclose and manage any conflict of interest which may arise during a recruitment and selection process. In particular, the tool is designed for panel members and delegated decision makers in accordance with Recruitment and selection (Directive 12/20), sections 102 and 186 of the Public Service Act 2008 and the Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service.
- What is a conflict of interest?
- Do I have a conflict of interest?
- How do I deal with my conflict of interest?
Step one–what is a conflict of interest?
A conflict of interest occurs when your private interests interfere, or appear to interfere, with the performance of official duties. Private interests include personal, professional or business interests, as well as the interests of individuals that you associate with, such as family, dependants and friends.
All employees involved in recruitment and selection decisions have an obligation to put the public interest first by selecting the most meritorious candidate for appointment in a fair and unbiased way. Recruitment and selection decisions must not be influenced by self-interest, private affiliations or the likelihood of personal gain or loss.
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