What is maladministration?

Maladministration is about the conduct of public officers and the practices, policies and procedures of public authorities, that results in an irregular and unauthorised use of public money, the substantial mismanagement of public resources, or the substantial mismanagement of official functions. It includes conduct that might be described as incompetent or negligent, but it is not criminal conduct.

Simply put, maladministration is about poor governance.

Public officers, public authorities and inquiry agencies have an obligation to report any reasonable suspicion of serious or systemic maladministration in public administration.

A full definition of maladministration in public administration can be found in section 5 of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012.

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