Ethics Advisory Service

Last updated: 11 Feb 2016

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Ethics Advisory Service

 The Ethics Advisory Service is available to all Australian Public Service (APS) employees, including agency heads and SES staff, who wish to discuss and seek advice on ethical issues that occur in the workplace and make sound decisions around these issues.

Contacting the Ethics Advisory Service

Enquiries: Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5.00 pm AEST

Phone: 02 6202 3737

Email: ethics@apsc.gov.au

If you would like us to contact you please call us or email us with your contact details.

How we can help

We provide advice on:

  • the application and interpretation of the APS Values and Code of Conduct; sections 10 and 13 of the Public Service Act 1999 (the Act)
  • strategies and techniques for ethical decision making in the APS
  • interpretation of the misconduct provisions of the Act; as well as advice on related policy and good practice.

Please note we do not provide advice on:

  • technical and operational aspects of APS employment policy
  • other aspects of public sector legislation, policy or management
  • internal agency policies and processes unless the request comes from an agency head, an SES employee or an agency corporate management area
  • the merits or outcome of any misconduct  cases.

We do not:

  • provide counselling or act as a replacement for an agency's Employee Assistance Programme
  • undertake case management or provide advocacy service
  • provide an avenue for complaint resolution
  • provide legal advice
  • accept whistleblower reports.

The Australian Public Service Commission collects personal information about individuals who contact the Ethics Advisory Service. For information about how this information will be used and disclosed please see the notice below.

Ethics Advisory Service – Collection notice

Who is collecting your personal information?

Your personal information is collected by the Australian Public Service Commission (the Commission).

Collection of your personal information

We may collect personal information that you provide to us when you contact the Ethics Advisory Service by telephone or email.

If we contact you about your enquiry we may collect personal information that you provide to us.

Authority for collection of personal information

The Australian Public Service Commissioner has a number of functions relating to the Australian Public Service under the Public Service Act 1999.

Why does the Commission collect your personal information?

We collect personal information about you to enable us to respond to your enquiries.

What would happen if the Commission did not collect your personal information?

The Ethics Advisory Service can be accessed anonymously or using a pseudonym.

However, if you choose not to provide your personal information the Ethics Advisory Service may not be able to provide a tailored response to your ethical concern, or deal properly with any subsequent enquiries you may raise.

Who will the Commission disclose your personal information to?

In general, we will not disclose the personal information we collect.

However, please note that if we need to consult with other people about your enquiry, it may be apparent to those people that you have contacted the Ethics Advisory Service.

Access to and correction of your personal information.

The Commission's privacy policy contains information about how you may access and seek correction of personal information about you that is held by the Commission.

Privacy complaints.

The Commission's privacy policy contains information about how you may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles and how the Commission will deal with complaints.

Overseas disclosure of your personal information.

It is unlikely that your personal information will be disclosed to any overseas recipients.

The Commission's privacy policy is available on the internet at www.apsc.gov.au/privacy.

Contacting your own agency:

APS employees can also access policies, guidance and support in their own agency. The human resources area is a good place to start along with your agency's Employee Assistance Provider.

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