Code of Ethics

The minimum standards of conduct and integrity to be complied with by all public sector bodies and employees are expressed in the following principles:

Personal Integrity

We act with care and diligence and make decisions that are honest, fair, impartial, and timely, and consider all relevant information.

Relationships with others

We treat people with respect, courtesy and sensitivity and recognise their interests, rights, safety and welfare.


We use the resources of the state in a responsible and accountable manner that ensures the efficient, effective and appropriate use of human, natural, financial and physical resources, property and information.


The Code of Ethics applies to all public sector employees, including chief executive officers, chief employees and ministerial staff, and public sector bodies covered by the Public Sector Management Act 1994, which includes boards established under their own legislation.

Page last updated 6 May 2015