Official conduct

Conduct is the manner in which you behave, the decisions you make and how you make those decisions. As public sector officer, your conduct is guided by legislation which governs the public sector, the public sector Code of Ethics, and your agency's code of conduct and policies.

The principles of conduct to be observed by all public sector bodies and employees are specified in section 9 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994, which says all public sector bodies and employees are to:

  • comply with the provisions of:

    • Commissioner’s instructions, public sector standards and codes of ethics
    • any code of conduct applicable to the public sector body or employee concerned,
  • act with integrity in the performance of official duties and are to be scrupulous in the use of official information, equipment and facilities; and
  • exercise proper courtesy, consideration and sensitivity in their dealings with members of the public and employees.

Failure to behave accordingly may lead to action under relevant performance management or discipline processes.