Department of Premier and Cabinet
Category
Department of Premier and Cabinet Circular
Identifier
C2000-37
Status
Archived

C2000-37 Monitoring of Use of Communication Devices (including internet access)

Description:

Attached to the Circular were policy and guidelines on Employer Communication Devices and its related Protocol for Acceptable Use of the Internet and Electronic Mail Use. The Employer Communication Devices document was also posted on the Premier's Department website www.dpc.nsw.gov.au under publications then under Performance, Conduct and Ethics.

Chief Executives were required to articulate their agency's policy so that all employees clearly understood their responsibilities.

FunctionInformation and Communications TechnologySubject

You will recall that Circular 99-09 advised Chief Executives about the policy on the use and management of all public resources including the use of communication devices such as telephones, facsimile, the Internet or electronic mail.

Attached to the Circular were policy and guidelines on Employer Communication Devices and its related Protocol for Acceptable Use of the Internet and Electronic Mail Use. The Employer Communication Devices document was also posted on the Premier's Department website www.dpc.nsw.gov.au under publications then under Performance, Conduct and Ethics.

Chief Executives were required to articulate their agency's policy so that all employees clearly understood their responsibilities.

As advised in the Circular, some isolated cases involving misuse of communication devices by public sector officials have reflected badly on the good reputation of the NSW public sector. Such incidents could erode the advances that have been made in developing family friendly workplaces free of harassment and discrimination.

Chief Executives are requested to provide the following information as a priority:

  • the policy in place in their agency and confirmation that it complies with the intent of the broad policy and guidelines on Employer Communication Devices and its related Protocol for Acceptable Use of the Internet and Electronic Mail Use; and
  • if a policy is not yet in place, the reasons why, and details of the proposed plan and timetable for implementation of an appropriate agency policy.

C. Gellatly
Director-General