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Department of the Attorney General
Annual Report 2015/16
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Agency Performance

Managing our People

Human Resources

The Department is committed to delivering a high standard of services to the community and continues to focus on building a strong workforce, driven by the development of desired skills and expertise among its staff.

The decommissioning of the Office of Shared Services reached a significant milestone in May 2016 with the Department working closely with the Department of Corrective Services to hand back responsibility for the management of Corrective Services’ finance, procurement and human resources functions.

Code of Conduct

The Department is committed to providing a fair, responsive and supportive workplace.

The Department’s Code of Conduct is the guiding source for all employees on ethical principles, obligations and workplace standards and behaviour.

The Code aims to encompass the values of excellent service, integrity and accountability, equity and fairness, collaboration and learning and professional autonomy that are expected of all staff.

The Code also outlines standards of behaviour and helps inform employees how to exercise judgement and accept personal responsibility in their professional roles and not bring their employer into disrepute.

During the year regular communication and education via the intranet, corporate induction sessions and team meetings between managers and team members about the Code assisted the understanding by staff and reinforced the requirement for staff to undertake their work in an accountable, appropriate and transparent manner.

Employee Relations

The decommissioning of the shared services arrangement with DCS has resulted in a restructure of the Department’s Corporate Services Division. The Department is consulting employees and the Community and Public Sector Union during this process, which is expected to continue throughout the majority of 2016/17.

Health and Wellness Program

Global Corporate Challenge

The Department performed well in the 2015 Global Corporate Challenge and achieved an average daily step count of 12,559 per participant.

Four hundred and six Departmental staff completed a total of 308,082 kilometres with a total weight loss of 238 kilograms. More than 72 per cent of those participating exceeded the recommended 10,000 steps per day.

Influenza Vaccinations

The Department continued the annual influenza vaccination program for staff. Many staff from all areas across the Department participated, including regional staff and members of the judiciary.

The total number of staff vaccinated this year was 663.

One Life Pledge

The One Life Suicide Prevention Strategy was launched by the State Government to address the unacceptably high suicide rate in Western Australia. The Strategy represents the Government’s commitment to the prevention of suicide and self-harm and is aligned with the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

The Department had previously signed the One Life Gold Pledge on 11 February 2013.

The One Life Suicide Prevention Strategy has provided the Department of the Attorney General with a framework and governance structure that, during the past few years, has guided our initiatives and programs.

Mentoring Program

The Department’s Mentoring Program assists in developing the capability and potential of its employees. It is a vehicle to encourage the transfer of knowledge from more experienced employees to less experienced employees within a structured model.

This model provides mentees with opportunities to address a range of development requirements. Such opportunities range from seeking assistance with developing career plans to enhanced capability within current roles. Program applicants complete an Expression of Interest in which they outline the professional areas they wish to develop (mentees) and the areas they are prepared to assist with development (mentors). Mentees are matched with suitable mentors. The 2016 program has 18 participants.

Recognition of Service

The Department holds Recognition of Service events to honour staff for their significant years of service to the public sector. During the year six staff received recognition for service for 20 (2), 30 (1) and 40 (3) years.

Staff Development and Performance

The Department’s Employee Development System sets work goals and development objectives for each staff member.

The EDS also assists staff and management to monitor outcomes against goals and objectives. During the financial year the vast majority of staff took part in the EDS.

Training and Development

The Department ensures that employees have opportunities to undertake training and this is achieved through a range of Corporate Workforce Development Programs.

In 2015/16 staff development programs, including those related to leadership and management, such as Management Principles, Coaching Skills for Managers and HR Essentials for Managers, were offered. Additionally, online learning programs enabled staff to complete training at their workstation and in their own time.

Programs available included Accountable and Ethical Decision Making, Health and Safety, Record Keeping Awareness, Information Security and Mental Health.

The Department’s on-boarding program is also designed to assist the process of orienting, training, socialising and retaining new employees during the first year of employment. A step-by-step guide takes managers and new employees through the process of joining the Department.Since implementation in 2013, the On-boarding Program has been provided to 453 employees.


In the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016, the Department employed a number of trainees through Public Sector Commission traineeship programs. Trainees undertook a structured workplace-based traineeship completing either a Certificate II or III in Government.

  • Aboriginal Traineeship Program: 5 successfully completed the traineeship program and 4 continue to be employed by the Department.
  • People With a Disability: 1.
  • School Based Trainees: 5 including 3 African-Australian trainees who are approaching their graduation.

Employee Assistance Program

During 2015/16 the Department continued to engage the services from Optum for the provision of the Employee Assistance Program.

The Program received 104 new cases during the year and serviced 15 cases carried over from previous years. Clinical contact and service hours for the year were 279.25 accessed by 119 clients totalling 269.75 clinical hours.

Clients 119 119 102
Hours 269.75 291.25 297.5

Gender ratio of persons accessing the service continued to demonstrate a lower usage rate by males than females.


Volunteers perform an important role in supporting and augmenting the delivery of justice-related services across Western Australia.

Volunteers provide a range of services including information related to courts, in-court support, assisting with violence restraining order applications and liaison with specialist external agencies to support the referral of people to other necessary services.

Volunteers also provide a high quality service to victims of crime to assist them through the court and associated legal system.

The Department extends its sincere appreciation for the immense contribution of all volunteers to Western Australian justice services.

Last updated: 27-Sep-2016

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