APS Values

Last updated: 17 Feb 2016

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The APS Values articulate the parliament's expectations of public servants in terms of performance and standards of behaviour. The principles of good public administration are embodied in the APS Values. The APS Values require that we are:

Impartial

The APS is apolitical and provides the Government with advice that is frank, honest, timely and based on the best available evidence.

Committed to service

The APS is professional, objective, innovative and efficient, and works collaboratively to achieve the best results for the Australian community and the Government.

Accountable

The APS is open and accountable to the Australian community under the law and within the framework of Ministerial responsibility.

Respectful

The APS respects all people, including their rights and their heritage.

Ethical

The APS demonstrates leadership, is trustworthy, and acts with integrity, in all that it does.


The APS Values are set out in section 10 of the Public Service Act 1999.

A printable version is available at www.apsc.gov.au/publications-and-media/print-on-demand/print-on-demand-aps-values,-employment-principles-and-code-of-conduct.

Further information on the application of the APS Values can be found in Chapter 1 of Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions 2013.

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