Integrity: your questions answered

Last updated: 14 Jun 2017

This page is: current

Campaign banner

APS Values and Code of Conduct in Practice

Employees of the Australian Public Service (APS) are trusted by the Government and the community to undertake important work on their behalf. This trust demands the highest standards of ethical behaviour from each APS employee.

The guide has been developed to help APS employees, managers and agencies to deal with ethical problems that commonly arise. It does not have the answer to every ethical problem that you may be faced with at work. It does however provide principles which will point to an answer in many cases.

Your questions answered

If you have a question about the APS Values or the Code of Conduct, let us know. There are some limits on what we can tell you, and we don't give legal advice. We will use this space to publish your query, and our answer, but we will keep your identity and other employment details confidential so far as the law allows.

Mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk

Your email address *

Ask a question *

Alternatively you can send an email to us at

For more information about your privacy, please refer to the Ethics Advisory Service collection notice.

Answers to previous questions

Job applications – the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

Applying for a job is a competitive process, so 'padding out' your CV to make you appear more competitive is an obvious temptation. However, there are good reasons to be careful.

... read more

When can I disclose government information to others?

As a public servant, you have a duty not to disclose some kinds of government information.

... read more

What are my responsibilities as a referee?

As a referee, you have a responsibility to be forthright and honest in your assessment of the candidate more