Integrity: your questions answered

Last updated: 31 Mar 2017

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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.

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Alternatively you can send an email to us at ethics@apsc.gov.au

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

Answers to previous questions



How can I get information about a job applicant's prior conduct?

As part of a selection process, agencies will generally ask candidates if they have any history of misconduct.

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Does the Code of Conduct apply to me while I'm participating in protected industrial action?

Industrial action is no excuse for breaching the Code of Conduct.

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Out to lunch

APS employees have obligations to avoid both real and apparent conflicts of interest

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