Integrity

Trust, Service

& Accountability

The Code of Ethics and Conduct for NSW government sector employees

Purpose

The purpose of this Code is to identify mandatory requirements and best practice conduct for all government sector employees and heads of government sector agencies which is consistent with Part 2 of the GSE Act (the Ethical Framework for the government sector).

The Ethical Framework is to be demonstrated by employees and heads of government sector agencies in their working relations with other government sector employees, clients and customers, stakeholders and the government of the day.

This Code applies at all times when employees are acting in the course of, or in connection with, NSW government sector employment.

This Code also specifies actions to be taken if there are breaches, or allegations of breaches, of the Code.

Employees of Separate Public Service Agencies (GSE Act, Schedule 1, Part 3) are covered by the Code, subject to section 13(4) of the GSE Act. As at the date of publication of the Code, all heads of Separate Public Service Agencies are statutory officeholders, not employees of their agencies, and therefore are not covered by the Code. Nevertheless, they are invited to accept coverage voluntarily.

Public Service Commissioner Direction No 1 of 2015

Relationship to department and agency codes of ethics and conduct

The Ethical Framework for the government sector

Mandatory Conduct

Behaviour contrary to the Code

Good practice guides