Commissioner’s directions

This section provides information about the PublicService Commissioner’s directions which relate toimplementation of the Ethical Framework in NSWgovernment sector agencies.

Contained in this section is Direction No 1 of 2014, which requires all government sectoragency heads to implement minimum standards for managing gifts and benefits in theiragencies, and to require employees to comply with those standards.

Also contained in this section is Direction No 1 of 2015 which requires heads of governmentsector agencies to implement the Code of Ethics and Conduct for NSW government sectoremployees and to require employees to comply with the Code.

A direction is a formal legal instrument issued by the Public Service Commissioner undersection 13 of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (GSE Act).The Public Service Commissioner gives directions for the purposes of exercising his or herfunctions or ensuring compliance with the GSE Act, Regulation or Rules. The Commissioner’sfunctions include promoting and maintaining the government sector core values, and leadingthe strategic development and management of the government sector workforce in relation togeneral conduct and compliance with ethical practices.

In accordance with the GSE Act, directions are set out in writing and are given to aDepartment Secretary or head of a government sector agency on a specific matter in relationto the employees of that Department or agency.

All directions are made publicly available on the Public Service Commission websitewww.psc.nsw.gov.au as soon as practicable after they are given.