This document is part of the Code of Conduct for Employees resource.

(Public Administration Act 2004, s. 7)

Responsiveness – public officials should demonstrate responsiveness by:

(i) providing frank, impartial and timely advice to the
Government; and
(ii) providing high quality services to the Victorian community; and
(iii) identifying and promoting best practice.
Note: In accordance with s. 7(3) of the Public Administration Act 2004, ‘s. 7(1)(a)(i) providing frank, impartial and timely advice to the Government’ does not apply to employees of special bodies.

Integrity – public officials should demonstrate integrity by: (i) being honest, open and transparent in their

dealings; and
(ii) using powers responsibly; and
(iii) reporting improper conduct; and
(iv) avoiding any real or apparent conflicts of interest; and
(v) striving to earn and sustain public trust of a high level.

Impartiality – public officials should demonstrate impartiality by:

(i) making decisions and providing advice on merit and without bias, caprice, favouritism or self-interest; and
(ii) acting fairly by objectively considering all relevant facts and fair criteria; and
(iii) implementing Government policies and programs equitably.
Note: In accordance with s. 7(3) of the Public Administration Act 2004, ‘s. 7 (1)(c)

(iii) implementing Government policies and programs equitably’ does not apply to employees of special bodies.

Accountability – public officials should demonstrate accountability by:

(i) working to clear objectives in a transparent manner; and
(ii) accepting responsibility for their decisions and actions; and
(iii) seeking to achieve best use of resources; and
(iv) submitting themselves to appropriate scrutiny.

Respect – public officials should demonstrate respect

for colleagues, other public officials and members of the
Victorian community by:
(i) treating them fairly and objectively; and
(ii) ensuring freedom from discrimination, harassment and bullying; and
(iii) 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:

(i) making decisions and providing advice consistent with human rights; and
(ii) actively implementing, promoting and supporting
human rights.