Trust, Service

& Accountability

Behaving Ethically

Legislative Context

In NSW Departments and agencies, Secretaries and agency heads are responsible for the general conduct and management of their organisations, in accordance with the core values in the Ethical Framework for the government sector.

Clear policies and practices for the effective management of gifts and benefits are critical to this responsibility.

Consistent with the Public Service Commissioner’s function “to lead the strategic development and management of the government sector workforce in relation to general conduct and compliance with ethical practices”, this guide contains minimum standards for departments and agencies in managing gifts and benefits.

The minimum standards are informed by the obligations placed on employees by the Ethical Framework - in particular, the requirements to:

  • Place the public interest over the personal interest
  • Act professionally with honesty, consistency and impartiality
  • Provide transparency to enable public scrutiny.