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Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector (Previous)

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Introduction  

The Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector has four objectives:

An important consideration in the design of the Code is a recognition that public sector employees in striving for excellence in a changing world need to be encouraged to be more creative and to rely on the exercise of mature judgement and common sense rather than a set of rigid rules in the performance of their everyday work.

This Code therefore places more emphasis on guiding values and principles of behaviour and less on the punitive measures usually associated with Codes of Conduct of the past.

Application

This Code applies to and is binding on all public sector employees. It applies regardless of the:

The Code recognises that some public sector employees (eg health professionals and lawyers) are also bound by codes of conduct relevant to their profession. In such cases, employees must have regard to their professional codes as well as to the Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector.

Advancement of the objects of the Public Sector Act and observance of the public sector principles

The following provisions are directed towards advancement of the objects of the Public Sector Act 2009 and observance of the public sector principles enunciated in it.

They are issued by the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment under Part 4, Section 15(1)(a) of the Act and apply to all public sector employees. They apply regardless of the:

Values – overview

The following values are the foundation of ethical behaviour in the South Australian Public Sector:

Democratic Values – helping the government, under the law to serve the people of South Australia

Service, respect and courtesy – serving the people of South Australia

Honesty and integrity – acting at all times in such a way as to uphold the public trust

Accountability – holding ourselves accountable for everything we do

Professional Conduct Standards – exhibiting the highest standards of professional conduct

Professional and Courteous Behaviour

Public Comment

Handling Official Information

Use of Government/Public Resources

Conflicts of Interest

Outside Employment

Acceptance of Gifts and Benefits

Criminal Offences

Reporting Unethical Behaviour

Further Sources of Information and Links

Responsibility of public sector employees

Responsibility of Agency Heads

Responsibility of the Office for Ethical Standards and Professional Integrity (ESPI)

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