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Code of Ethics

The new Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector came into effect on Monday 13 July 2015.

It is the responsibility of each person employed in the public sector to familiarise themselves with the Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector and ensure that they follow it. To assist in developing this understanding, an online Code of Ethics Awareness Program has been developed.

While the program is now available on the link below, Public Sector agencies will be contacting their employees to advise how they wish their employees to access the program, how they wish completion to be recorded, and any other agency requirements.

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The Code is issued under the Public Sector Act 2009, where it is referred to as the Code of Conduct. It builds on the principles outlined in the Act and sets out the professional standards expected of every employee.

The Code is divided into four sections:

  • Application of the Code, including the roles of chief executives and other organisational leaders
  • Four Foundations of public service: Democracy, Impartiality, Accountability, and Diversity
  • The Public Sector Values
  • The Professional Conduct Standards

The Professional Conduct Standards are the Code’s disciplinary provisions, and contravening these standards is defined as misconduct in the PS Act.

In the video below, Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for the Public Sector, talks about the importance of the Public Sector Code of Ethics.

Public Sector Code of Ethics (High Resolution – uncaptioned) from Office for the Public Sector on Vimeo.

You can order hard copies of the new Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector on this site.

Public Sector Values and Behaviours Framework

The Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector refers to the Public Sector Values and Behaviours Framework as the key source of information on the values that all public sector employees should endeavour to embody in their work.

A slide presentation about our Public Sector values is now available.

More information can be found on the Public Sector Values page.

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