The NSW Public Service Commission has adopted the Code of Ethics and Conduct for NSW Government Sector Employees in its entirety.
The purpose of the Code is to identify mandatory requirements and best practice conduct for all government sector employees which is consistent with Part 2 of the Government Sector Employment Act (the Ethical framework for the government sector).
The Ethical Framework is to be demonstrated by all Commission employees in their working relations with other government sector employees, clients and customers, stakeholders and the government of the day.
The Code applies at all times when Commission employees are acting in the course of, or in connection with, NSW government sector employment.
Ethics information for employees and agencies
The Code of Ethics and Conduct for NSW government sector employees
All government sector employees are required to demonstrate the highest levels of ethical conduct in their working relations with other government sector employees, clients and customers, stakeholders and the government of the day (Public Service Commissioner Direction 1 of 2015 (PDF link)). These standards of conduct are specified in The Code of Ethics and Conduct for NSW government sector employees.
Responsibilities of Department Secretaries and Agency Heads
Under sections 25 and 30 of the GSE Act, Department Secretaries and Agency Heads are responsible for the general conduct and management of their Department or Agency in accordance with the core values of the Ethical Framework.
Government sector employees are expected to be aware of and comply with the ethical obligations that arise as well as any legislative requirement affecting their employment if they intend to stand as a candidate in an election at any level of government. More information is available in Circular PSCC 2018-06: Contesting Elections.