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Code of Conduct

A code of conduct plays a key role in demonstrating the government’s commitment to the highest levels of integrity and accountability, whether you work in a State government department, local council, government-owned corporation or university.

A code of conduct reflects the principles and values underlying good public administration for the public sector and should identify consistent standards of conduct for all employees. It is designed to provide a framework for ethical culture within the sector.

A code of conduct is aspirational and clarifies for the public what they, and we, expects of ourselves, our colleagues and our organisation.

The Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 (PSEA) was amended on 20 September 2010.  A summary of the key provisions is available for information.

The PSEA outlines the ethical obligations of employees within the Queensland Public Sector. The PSEA provides four (4) ethics principles for the public sector:

  • Integrity and impartiality
  • Promoting the public good
  • Commitment to the system of government and
  • Accountability and transparency.

The PSEA also incorporates a range of “ethical values” associated with each of the ethics principles.  The values provide guidance on the interpretation and application of the ethics principles.  These principles and values replace the conduct obligations detailed in the previous version of the PSEA and form the basis of codes of conduct.

Last updated:
27 August, 2014

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