This document is part of the Induction resources for board directors resource.

Section 7 of the Public Administration Act 2004 requires public officials, including Directors and statutory office holders, to demonstrate the public sector values by behaving in a particular way.

Responsiveness – public officials should demonstrate responsiveness by:

  • providing frank, impartial and timely advice to the Government; and
  • providing high quality services to the Victorian community; and
  • identifying and promoting best practice.

Integrity – public officials should demonstrate integrity by:

  • being honest, open and transparent in their dealings; and
  • using powers responsibly; and
  • reporting improper conduct; and
  • avoiding any real or apparent conflicts of interest; and
  • striving to earn and sustain public trust of a high level.

Impartiality – public officials should demonstrate impartiality by:

  • making decisions and providing advice on merit and without bias, caprice, favouritism or self-interest; and
  • acting fairly by objectively considering all relevant facts and fair criteria; and
  • implementing Government policies and programs equitably.

Accountability – public officials should demonstrate accountability by:

  • working to clear objectives in a transparent manner; and
  • accepting responsibility for their decisions and actions; and
  • seeking to achieve best use of resources; and
  • submitting themselves to appropriate scrutiny.

Respect – public officials should demonstrate respect for colleagues, other public officials and members of the Victorian community by:

  • treating them fairly and objectively; and
  • ensuring freedom from discrimination, harassment and bullying; and
  • using their views to improve outcomes on an ongoing basis.

Leadership – public officials should demonstrate leadership by actively implementing, promoting and supporting these values.

Human Rights – public officials should respect and promote the human rights set out in the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities by:

  • making decisions and providing advice consistent with human rights; and
  • actively implementing, promoting and supporting human rights.