Use of Official Information, Digital Services (Social Media) and Public Comment Policy

Applicable to: All WA health system entities

Description:

The purpose of the Use of Official Information, Digital Services (Social Media) and Public Comment Policy (Policy) is to provide a consistent approach across the WA health system by outlining the minimum requirements and responsibilities of the Department of Health and Health Service Providers (WA health system entities). The Policy also sets out the responsibilities of Staff Members when using Official Information, Digital Services (Social Media), or making Public Comment.

This Policy recognises that Staff Members may wish to use Digital Services (Social Media) in their personal life, and does not intend to discourage or unduly limit personal expression or online activities.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement for Health Service Providers under the Employment Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(f) and (k) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This Policy is also a mandatory requirement for the Department of Health pursuant to section 29 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

This Policy supersedes Operational Directives 0327/11 Policy on Use of Official Information and Public Comment and OD 0656/16 Staff Use of Social Media Policy.

Date of effect: 02 January 2020

Policy Framework