This course is designed to provide the participants with the fundamentals of how to conduct and/or oversee the conduct of investigations in a manner which ensures natural justice and provides reliable findings. Allegations of workplace misconduct, particularly when they involve sexual harassment, discrimination or bullying behaviours are complex. The circumstances around such alleged conduct is rarely straight forward and determining fact from assumption or interpretation is difficult. Therefore, investigations into such allegations need to be conducted confidently, competently and compassionately to determine if the allegations are substantiated or not.
The principles of impartiality and natural justice permeate the course to ensure that the participants are cognisant at all times of their legal and ethical obligations in undertaking or managing investigations. Further, the nuances of conducting investigations within the public sector policy framework are addressed.