The Australian Taxation Office sent out a memo to 20,000 staff workers in December. But local media published its contents this week after the internal memo was released as part of Freedom of Information documents.
"You might have seen it before. A colleague makes a habit of taking long lunches; or regularly leaves early; or spends the first hour at work eating breakfast and reading the paper ... or all of the above," the memo begins ominously.
Explaining that inaccurately logging work hours constitutes "fraud" - something all tax officers are obliged to help report - the memo urges staff to report "suspicious" behaviour to managers or or internal investigators.
But many have criticised the policy, saying it would be detrimental to work culture to have employees complain against each other.
"We encourage all our staff to raise any workplace concerns with their manager. This includes irregular work patterns of colleagues," an Australian Tax Office spokesperson tells ABC.
"Did they ask to report the people who start work early and finish late, going the extra mile?" asks one person on social media. "Can we encourage politicians to do the same to their colleagues?" jokes another.
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