Public servants may face check

Premier Will Hodgman
Premier Will Hodgman

UP TO three senior public servants mentioned in an Integrity Commission investigation into misconduct in the state's public health system are in the firing line.

Premier Will Hodgman told Parliament yesterday that up to three employees, who were not named publicly in the report, may be referred for further investigation into a potential breach of the state service code of conduct.

"I expect to receive final advice from the State Service Management Office soon," Mr Hodgman said.

Former Royal Hobart Hospital boss Jane Holden and North-West Tasmanian Health Organisation chief executive Gavin Austin were named by the Integrity Commission, which accused them of using improper process to hire family members and associates.

Ms Holden was this month sacked for performance issues not related to the commission's report.

An independent investigator has been appointed to conduct an investigation into allegations that Mr Austin wrongly employed his son and wife.

"My government takes very seriously any report of misconduct in its agencies; it has acted appropriately in response to a range of matters identified," Mr Hodgman said.

The government has also responded to a series of recommendations from the Integrity Commission about the state service's recruitment processes and governance of the three Tasmanian Health Organisations.

The State Service Management Office is reviewing recruitment practices to avoid conflict-of- interest issues in the recruitment and selection of staff; salary packages offered to public servants in regional areas will be reviewed; and the government is considering the future of the THO governance structures.