Qld watchdog finalising laptop raid report

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Queensland's Public Service Commission will be asked to consider a watchdog report on allegations its staff seized and wiped a laptop from the integrity commissioner's office.

Dr Nikola Stepanov says the computer was seized by PSC staff and wiped without her knowledge or permission on March 12, 2021.

PSC chief executive Robert Setter has denied the laptop was "seized", but has not responded to the claim it was wiped.

Crime and Corruption Commission acting chairman Bruce Barbour said a draft report on the incident is being finalised, with the document to be sent to the PSC in the interests of procedural fairness.

"We anticipate over the next few weeks we'll be in a position to go to the procedural fairness stage in relation to that report," Mr Barbour told a parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday.

"To provide it to the (Public Service) Commission for its consideration and also to provide it to the (Parliamentary Crime and Corruption) Committee."

The CCC's procedural fairness rules require it to give people subject to allegations the chance to put their own case forward.

The watchdog must also inform individuals beforehand if it intends to make public recommendations or adverse comments about them.

Mr Barbour would not put an exact time on when the draft would be sent.

"I have learned very quickly acting in this role that mentioning dates about things can come back to haunt you," he told the committee.

"I've said a couple of weeks, a few weeks, and that's my intention at this stage. We currently have multiple officers off with COVID-related issues. I'll do my best to meet that timeline."

The acting chairman also revealed the PSC is reviewing bullying allegations made by Dr Stepanov.

"That matter is currently a public interest review being undertaken by the Public Service Commission," Mr Barbour said.

Meanwhile, CCC chief executive Jen O'Farrell said the agency had updated its data on nepotism allegations in the public service up until December 2021.

She said nepotism was a major issue for public servants in Queensland.

"It was one of the top five perceptions within the public sector arising from the survey that we completed," Ms O'Farrell said.

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