Authorities employee sacked after taking laptops house denied return


An investigation discovered proof Ms Godfrey had taken objects together with two laptops from the Queensland Police Service Academy at Oxley, the place she had labored for 18 months throughout 2014 and 2015 earlier than being moved to an IT help place based mostly in Kedron.

An iPad was additionally discovered however returned at a suspension assembly in October 2017. The PSBA had contacted police who started a legal investigation into the theft allegations, which noticed one fraud cost laid towards her a month later.

Over the course of 2017, various conduct points have been additionally raised, together with “an inappropriate and expletive-laden alternate in an elevator whereas a uniformed police officer was current”.

On two events she was additionally discovered to have straight contacted colleagues, together with the PSBA’s chief working officer, asking for them to create an IT place for her on the Oxley academy after feeling she had been “dumped” into the function in Kedron.

As a part of the enchantment, Ms Godfrey had sought reinstatement to an AO3 place throughout the QPS, for the disciplinary findings to be wiped from her document and compensation of at the least $25,000 for misplaced earnings, “stress and nervousness”.

Her former employer argued that given her mixed 18 years with the PSBA and QPS it was “inconceivable” she didn’t know the code of conduct necessities across the private use of public assets and their removing from the office.

Commissioner Knight additionally discovered this to be the case in relation to the accessing and sharing of confidential data.

“The dissemination of confidential efficiency enchancment supplies a couple of co-worker was significantly unkind and regarding, as was the distribution of one other colleagues’ IT entry particulars to a co-worker,” she wrote.

Commissioner Knight accepted Ms Godfrey may need had a legit grievance about her function at Kedron and ongoing job satisfaction, although appeared to have “little regard” for the suitable processes.

Whereas the “crux” of Ms Godfrey’s clarification for taking the laptops house was that she claimed she had been granted permission as a result of they have been going to be “written off”, she later confirmed she was not conscious of any coverage that might have allowed this.