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“The people of NSW have a right to expect the business of the Sate to be conducted with efficiency, fairness, impartiality and integrity”

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There is no specific legislation and so NSW relies on a combination of laws about inappropriate behaviours and the New South  the Code of conduct.

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New South Wales

Lead Agency

Public Service Commission


Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002

Code of Conduct


Who is Covered

Public Servants



Internal Oversight

Lead Agency
Agency HR

External Oversight



Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002

Values – Section 3B

Principles  / Values

The core values for the public sector and the principles that guide their implementation are as follows:

  1. Consider people equally without prejudice or favour.
  2. Act professionally with honesty, consistency and impartiality.
  3. Take responsibility for situations, showing leadership and courage.
  4. Place the public interest over personal interest.


  1. Appreciate difference and welcome learning from others.
  2. Build relationships based on mutual respect.
  3. Uphold the law, institutions of government and democratic principles.
  4. Communicate intentions clearly and invite teamwork and collaboration.
  5. Provide apolitical and non-partisan advice.


  1. Provide services fairly with a focus on customer needs.
  2. Be flexible, innovative and reliable in service delivery.
  3. Engage with the not-for-profit and business sectors to develop and implement service solutions.
  4. Focus on quality while maximising service delivery.


  1. Recruit and promote staff on merit.
  2. Take responsibility for decisions and actions.
  3. Provide transparency to enable public scrutiny.
  4. Observe standards for safety.
  5. Be fiscally responsible and focus on efficient, effective and prudent use of resources.

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