Recommendations for disciplinary action

The Commission is of the opinion that consideration should be given to the taking of action against Carmen Attard for the specified disciplinary offence of misconduct as defined in Chapters 4.2 and 4.3 of the Housing NSW code of conduct and ethics with a view to dismissing, dispensing with her services or otherwise terminating her services.

On 20 February 2015, the Department of Family and Community Services advised that it had instituted formal misconduct proceedings. A finding was made that Ms Attard engaged in misconduct by failing to manage conflicts of interest in obtaining loans from her work colleagues. Ms Attard was demoted from clerk grade 7/8 to clerk grade 5/6, and a determmination made that she not supervise staff for a period of two years and undertake training in identifying and managing conflicts of interest.