728 - Media & Public Communications

Selected public servants may be called on, as part of their official duties, to explain or provide information to the media or the general public on their agencies' policies and activities. Chief executive officers will determine which officers shall be authorised to make public comment.

  1. Those public servants who are empowered to make public comment should confine themselves to providing such information as is necessary to explain government policy or to provide factual, explanatory and background material pertinent to the question at hand.
  2. In doing so, they should avoid making any comment which could undermine public confidence or disrupt the everyday administration of either the Public Service or the Government-of-the-day. To this end, they should:
    • Not give their personal views on matters of government policy or administration, or on advice made to government
    • Not speculate on future policy directions
    • Not publicly criticise any political party, its actions or its policies
    • Not prolong discussion or debate on an issue once a decision has been made, or a policy adopted.

EFFECTIVE FROM 13 DECEMBER 1989


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