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Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct requires that an APS employee must:

  • behave honestly and with integrity in connection with APS employment;
  • act with care and diligence in connection with APS employment;
  • when acting in connection with APS employment, treat everyone with respect and courtesy, and without harassment;
  • when acting in connection with APS employment, comply with all applicable Australian laws;
  • comply with any lawful and reasonable direction given by someone in the employee's Agency who has authority to give the direction;
  • maintain appropriate confidentiality about dealings that the employee has with any Minister or Minister's member of staff;
  • take reasonable steps to avoid any conflict of interest (real or apparent) and disclose details of any material personal interest of the employee in connection with the employee's APS employment
  • use Commonwealth resources in a proper manner and for a proper purpose;
  • not provide false or misleading information in response to a request for information that is made for official purposes in connection with the employee's APS employment;
  • not improperly use inside information or the employee's duties, status, power or authority:
    1. to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or an advantage for the employee or any other person; or
    2. to cause, or to seek to cause, detriment to the employee's Agency, the Commonwealth or any other person. 
  • at all times behave in a way that upholds the APS Values and Employment Principles, and the integrity and good reputation of the employee’s Agency and the APS;
  • while on duty overseas, at all times behave in a way that upholds the good reputation of Australia; and
  • comply with any other conduct requirement that is prescribed by the regulations (regulations available on the ComLaw website)

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