Integrity and conduct

Last updated: 6 November 2015

The integrity and conduct programme aims to build trust by supporting the institutional integrity of agencies and trustworthiness of State servants.

 

The integrity and conduct programme aims to build trust by supporting the institutional integrity of agencies and trustworthiness of State servants.

The State Services Commission (SSC) has three main roles in leading the State sector in all matters related to integrity and conduct:

  • Setting standards of integrity and conduct that apply to most State Services agencies;
  • Providing advice and guidance to State Services employees on matters of integrity and conduct; and
  • Investigating matters of integrity and conduct in the State Services

Standards of Integrity and Conduct

The State Services Commissioner is responsible for setting standards of integrity and conduct across most of the State Services. He has done this in a code of conduct for the State Services. The New Zealand State Services is regarded as one of the most honest and transparent in the world. Every State servant has a part to play in acting with integrity to maintain New Zealanders' confidence in the State Services. The code of conduct provides the basis for ongoing trust in the State Services.

The code of conduct has been applied to Public Service departments, to Crown entities within the Commissioner's mandate, and to many Crown entity subsidiaries. Staff in those organisations must comply with the standards in the code.In 2007, 2010 and 2013, SSC conducted a survey of integrity and conduct across the State services. This survey measures State servants' perceptions of trustworthiness, integrity and conduct within their agencies. This information is important for monitoring and maintaining high levels of integrity and good conduct in the State Services.

Advice and Guidance

The Commission provides advice and guidance to agencies on how to interpret and implement the code of conduct in their organisations.

Guidance on specific matters of integrity and conduct.

We also maintain a 'helpdesk' to assist in the interpretation of the code of conduct and provide advice on integrity matters. State services agencies or individual State servants should feel free to contact us for advice by email at integrityandconduct@ssc.govt.nz or by phone (04) 495 6600.

Investigating matters of integrity and conduct

The State Services Commissioner may conduct investigations and make reports on matters of integrity and conduct across most of the State Services. These inquiries and reviews provide assurance to both the government and the public that the activities of agencies and individual State servants are being carried out within the law and within the bounds of proper conduct.

There is a relatively high threshold for the involvement of the Commissioner in individual matters of misconduct. In the first instance, individual chief executives are responsible for behaviour within their own organisations.

Related guidance

Bribery and corruption

 

Fraud and Corruption Policy Framework on the Ministry of Justice website.

 

Saying no to bribery and corruption publication on the Ministry of Justice website.

Where to report serious fraud, bribery and corruption on the Serious Fraud Office website.

Anti-Corruption training - Transparency New Zealand in partnership with The Serious Fraud Office and BusinessNZ

City of London Police video on bribery and corruption

Bullying and harassment

 

WorkSafe New Zealand Best Practice Guidelines: Preventing and responding to Workplace Bullying on business.govt.nz

 

Unwelcome behaviour in the State services - integrated policy and practice guidance on SSC’s website (PDF, 170KB)

Best practice examples from Inland Revenue

Conflicts of Interest

 

Board Appointment and Induction Guidelines (2012) on SSC's website

 

Managing conflicts of interest: guidance for public entities (2007) on the Auditor General's website

Disclosure of Chief Executive Expenses

 

Chief executive expense, gifts and hospitality disclosures on SSC's website

 

Discretionary expenditure

 

Controlling sensitive expenditure: Guidelines for public entities (2007) on the Auditor General's website

 

Elections

 

Negotiations between political parties to form a government: guidelines on support from the State sector (2014) on SSC's website

 

Guidance for the 2014 Election Period: State Servants, Political Parties, and Elections on SSC's website

Integrity and conduct survey

 

Integrity and Conduct Survey 2013 on SSC's website

 

Integrity and Conduct Survey 2010 on SSC's website

Integrity and Conduct Survey 2007 on SSC's website

Open Government Partnership

 

Learn about the Open Government Partnership on SSC's website

 

Political neutrality

 

Political neutrality guidance on SSC's website

 

Cabinet manual (2008) on the Cabinet Office's website

Protected Disclosures (whistleblowing)

 

Protected Disclosures Act 2000 on SSC's website

 

Select Committees

 

Officials and Select Committees - Guidelines (2007) on SSC's website

 

Sexual Harassment

 

Prevention and Response to Sexual Harassment Policy Guideline on SSC's website

 

Sexual Harassment Reporting Framework on SSC's website

Sexual Harassment Checklist (MS Word, 97KB)

Sexual Harassment Role Card (PDF, 51KB)

Social media

 

Principles for interaction with social media (2010) on SSC's website

 

Social media guidance (2011) on webtoolkit.govt.nz

Standards of integrity and conduct

 

Code of conduct policies and related links on SSC's website: