Social media: where is the line?

Last updated: 10 Nov 2016

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Social media is an increasingly commonplace part of everyday life. It's normal for people to go onto Facebook and other platforms and share ideas, images and opinions.

The ubiquity of social media and the ease of its use reinforce the need for APS employees to have clear, simple guidelines letting them know what they can and can't say. APS employees need to understand how to balance their  rights as private citizens with their responsibilities as employees of the Commonwealth.

On the one hand, APS employees are members of the broader community and expect to take part in the life of the community like any other citizen. On the other, they have obligations to their employer to maintain their impartiality and the reputation of the Australian Public Service. Where does the right balance lie?

Should Australian Public Service employees be able to participate more fully in community affairs? Are there proper limits to what they can and should say? Is our guidance helpful, or can it be improved?

This is your chance to have a say. During November we are consulting with agencies and employees on these and other, related questions. Please take the time to visit the webpage and read the discussion paper we've prepared. Then, make a submission or get involved in the on-line debate with your colleagues.