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Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector (“the Code”) is issued under the Public Sector Act 2009 (“the PS Act”), where it is referred to as the Code of Conduct.

The Code, which was updated and came into effect in July 2015, builds on the principles outlined in the PS Act and sets out the professional standards expected of every employee.

Each person employed in the public sector is responsible for familiarising themselves and following the Code. To assist in developing this understanding, an online Code of Ethics Awareness Program has been developed.​

While the program is now available at the link below, South Australian Public Sector agencies are responsible for advising their employees as to how they should access and record their completion of the program, as well as any other agency requirements that may be applicable.

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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 Code’s disciplinary provisions, and contravening these standards is defined as misconductin the PS Act.

In the video below, Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, 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.

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 presentation is available about our Public Sector Values.

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