APS Code of Conduct

Australian Public servants are supposed to abide by the APS Code of Conduct {Section 13} of the Public Service Act 1999.

The more relevant provisions are:

Subsection 13(1)

An APS employee must behave honestly and with integrity in connection with APS employment”

Subsection 13(9)

An APS employee must not provide false or misleading information in response to a request for information that is made for official purposes in connection with the employee’s APS employment”

However there is no means of enforcing these provisions, so they are just ignored by Australian Public Servants and politicians just turn a “blind eye” to the dishonest conduct of Australian Public Servants.


The APS Code of Conduct

 

(1) An APS employee must behave honestly and with integrity in connection with APS employment.

(2) An APS employee must act with care and diligence in connection with APS employment.

(3) An APS employee, when acting in connection with APS employment, must treat everyone with respect and courtesy, and without harassment.

(4) An APS employee, when acting in connection with APS employment, must comply with all applicable Australian laws. For this purpose, Australian law means:

 
  • (a) any Act (including this Act), or any instrument made under an Act; or
  • (b) any law of a State or Territory, including any instrument made under such a law.
 

(5) An APS employee must comply with any lawful and reasonable direction given by someone in the employee’s Agency who has authority to give the direction.

(6) An APS employee must maintain appropriate confidentiality about dealings that the employee has with any Minister or Minister’s member of staff.

(7) An APS employee must:

  • (a) take reasonable steps to avoid any conflict of interest (real or apparent) in connection with the employee’s APS employment; and
  • (b) disclose details of any material personal interest of the employee in connection with the employee’s APS employment.

(8) An APS employee must use Commonwealth resources in a proper manner and for a proper purpose.

(9) An APS employee must not provide false or misleading information in response to a request for information that is made for official purposes in connection with the employee’s APS employment.

(10) An APS employee must not improperly use inside information or the employee’s duties, status, power or authority:

  • (a) to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or an advantage for the employee or any other person; or
  • (b) to cause, or seek to cause, detriment to the employee’s Agency, the Commonwealth or any other person.

(11) An APS employee must at all times behave in a way that upholds:

  • (a) the APS Values and APS Employment Principles; and
  • (b) the integrity and good reputation of the employee’s Agency and the APS.

(12) An APS employee on duty overseas must at all times behave in a way that upholds the good reputation of Australia.

(13) An APS employee must comply with any other conduct requirement that is prescribed by the regulations.


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