Integrity

Trust, Service

& Accountability

Behaving Ethically

Supporting ethical decision-making

Every employee has a responsibility to ensure their decision-making is consistent with the objective, values and principles of the Ethical framework for the government sector.

The following practical actions will support employees to make ethically informed decisions.

Culture and Leadership

  • Lead by demonstrating ethical decision-making to other employees
  • Lead by maintaining and promoting a culture and processes in which employees are encouraged to make ethically informed decisions, particularly where decisions may be unpopular, controversial or without precedent
  • Ensure employees understand and apply the Ethical framework for the government sector and the Code of Ethics and Conduct for NSW government sector employees (once finalised and published)
  • Ensure employees understand and apply the agency’s Code of Conduct
  • Have governance arrangements where employees can seek advice on making difficult decisions.

Human Resources

  • Recruit, develop and reward employees who make ethically informed decisions
  • Provide clear, up to date and accessible training and guides to assist employees to make ethically informed decisions
  • Enlist mentors who can provide independent advice to employees making difficult decisions
  • Promote innovation in the development of options and alternative ways to deliver business outcomes.

All Employees

  • Understand and apply the Ethical framework for the government sector and the Code of Ethics and Conduct for NSW government sector employees (once finalised and published)
  • Demonstrate and discuss ethical decision-making to assist other employees in your agency
  • Examine agency procedures and workplace practices to ensure they encourage ethical decision-making.