An organisation is defined by its ethics, behaviours and culture. A good workplace balance of all three can improve morale, boost productivity and improve an organisation’s reputation.

Public sector employers and employees have a mutual responsibility to work together to:

  • create pride in public sector workplaces
  • deliver responsive public services
  • earn the community’s trust in the public sector
  • support the government of the day in serving Victorians.

In helping the public sector to achieve this the VPSC’s role is to:

  • advocate for an apolitical and professional public sector
  • issue and apply codes of conduct and standards
  • monitor and report to public sector body Heads on compliance with the public sector values, codes of conduct and public sector employment principles and standards.

All of the above helps create a public sector workforce that acts with professionalism and integrity and applies the public sector values when interacting with Government, the community, suppliers and employees.

The Public Administration Act 2004 establishes values to guide conduct and performance in the Victorian Public Sector.


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It's important to VPSC that every public sector employee clearly understands what integrity looks like, and how to be behave.


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The Victorian Public Sector Commission issues codes of conduct to reinforce the public sector values.


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The Victorian public sector adheres to the employment principles outlined in the Public Administration Act 2004.


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The management of risk associated with conflict of interest is fundamental to ensuring high levels of integrity and public trust in the Victorian public sector.


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As public officials, how we respond to offers of gifts, benefits and hospitality is critical to earning and sustaining the trust of those we serve.


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Supporting grievances and complaints processes plays an important role in VPSC’s work to maintain and advocate for public sector professionalism and integrity.


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