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“The public sector values underpin and reflect the behaviours essential to the relationship between the public sector and the Government, the public sector and the community, and the between those who work in the public sector”

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When taken together, the values and principles suggest a mutual responsibility between public sector employers and employees. A responsibility to work together to:

• Create pride and commitment in public sector workplaces
• Excel in the delivery of world class public services
• Earn the community’s trust in the public sector
• Support the government of the day in serving Victorians

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Lead Agency

State Service Commission


Administration Act 2004

Code of Conduct


Who is Covered

Public Servants



Internal Oversight

Lead Agency
Agency HR

External Oversight



Public Administration Act 2004

Values – Section 7

Principles  / Values

The public sector values are:

        1. responsiveness: public officials should demonstrate responsiveness by:
    1. providing frank, impartial and timely advice to the Government
    2. providing high quality services to the Victorian community
    3. identifying and promoting best practice
        1. integrity: public officials should demonstrate integrity by:
  1. being honest, open and transparent in their dealings
  2. using powers responsibly
  3. reporting improper conduct
  4. avoiding any real or apparent conflicts of interest
  5. striving to earn and sustain public trust of a high level
        1. impartiality: public officials should demonstrate impartiality by:
  6. making decisions and providing advice on merit and without bias, caprice, favouritism or self-interest
  7. acting fairly by objectively considering all relevant facts and fair criteria
  8. implementing Government policies and programs equitably
        1. accountability: public officials should demonstrate accountability by:
  9. working to clear objectives in a transparent manner
  10. accepting responsibility for their decisions and actions
  11. seeking to achieve best use of resources
  12. submitting themselves to appropriate scrutiny
        1. respect: public officials should demonstrate respect for colleagues, other public officials and members of the Victorian community by:
  13. treating them fairly and objectively
  14. ensuring freedom from discrimination, harassment and bullying
  15. using their views to improve outcomes on an ongoing basis
        1. leadership: public officials should demonstrate leadership by actively implementing, promoting and supporting these values;
        2. human rights: public officials should respect and promote the human rights set out in the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities by:
  16. making decisions and providing advice consistent with human rights
  17. actively implementing, promoting and supporting human rights

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