Ombudsman's report: GMW shares community outrage

Wednesday 3 October, 2018

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) welcomes the release of the Ombudsman’s report regarding allegations of improper conduct by two officers at the water corporation.  

 “GMW has already put in place measures to address the issues raised by the Ombudsman and has accepted all of the recommendations made in the report,” GMW Chair Diane James AM said today.

 “This includes a review, already underway, into relevant policies and procedures to ensure the issues raised in this report are being addressed,” Ms James said.

 “We have fully cooperated with this investigation which was triggered after a GMW employee raised concerns with the appropriate authorities.

 “What has occurred is completely unacceptable and I’m sure the community will be appalled at the findings in the Ombudsman’s report detailing conduct which will be well below community expectations.

 “There are many people in these communities doing it tough and they will be rightly outraged by these findings, which is why we’re seeking legal advice on how we can recoup any expenses incorrectly approved,” she said.

 Diane James was appointed Chairman of GMW in August 2018 and Bill Jaboor took over as Interim Managing Director in September 2018.

 “Since my arrival I have been absolutely focused on ensuring we have the highest standards of governance and transparency right across the organisation. Victorians deserve better and I am committed to ensuring we can deliver sustainable and affordable services for our customers.”

 GMW employees are guided in their activities by the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees. This code values integrity, accountability and respectful conduct at all levels of the organisation.

 Today’s release of the Ombudsman’s report is testament to the fact that all GMW employees, no matter their position, are held to these same standards of conduct.

 The GMW Board of Directors moved swiftly and decisively in dealing with this matter.