On this page, you will find

  • The Codes of Conduct
  • Standards
  • The role of the VPSC

Who is this page for?

  • All Victorian public sector employees

The Victorian Public Sector Commission issues codes of conduct to reinforce the public sector values, and standards on how to apply the employment principles.

Codes of conduct

Victoria has three codes of conduct.

  • Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees
  • Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees of Special Bodies
  • Code of Conduct for Directors of Victorian Public Entities

Each describes behaviours that exemplify the public sector values.

Employees and Directors must understand the requirements of their Code and use it to guide their decisions. If unsure of what to do in particular situations, employees may consult their manager. Directors may consult the Chair of their Board.

All public sector organisations must have policies and procedures that support the values and support behaviour that is consistent with the Codes.

In addition, the VPSC has developed guides to assist organisations with this endeavour.


Departmental secretaries and heads of administrative offices must establish employment processes in accordance with the standards and any binding code.

The VPSC has issued four standards that define essential elements of the employment principles:

The Role of the VPSC

The VPSC and employers both have a role in promoting the binding codes of conduct. One of the ways the VPSC does this is by issuing policy frameworks, guidelines and development tools.


The VPSC and employers must promote the binding codes of conduct and standards to employees. One of the ways the VPSC does this is by issuing policy frameworks, guidelines and development tools.

The VPSC may require employers to provide information on how they are applying the code and standards to their organisation. It may recommend steps to promote or comply with the principles.

The VSPC monitors the application of the values and employment principles through its annual People Matter Survey. It reports back to organisations about their progress and performance. It also reports on the codes and standards in the State of the Public Sector in Victoria report each year.