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.