- Title page
- When did the code of conduct come into effect?
- Why do we need a code of conduct?
- Who is covered by the code of conduct?
- Who is not covered by the code of conduct?
- Why does the code of conduct apply to more than just Public Service departments?
- Why doesn't the code of conduct apply to Crown entity board members acting in their personal capacity? What happens if they act inappropriately?
- How do agencies' codes of conduct interface with the Commissioner's code? Which code takes priority?
- What will I do to apply the code of conduct?
- Who can I go to for additional advice and guidance?
- What is the life expectancy of the code of conduct?
- What is the history of the code of conduct?
- What is the legal status of the code of conduct?
- Has the code of conduct been endorsed by the government?
- What value is there for the public in the code of conduct?
- What value does the code of conduct add?
- Can I (or my agency) have a variation to the code of conduct?
- Can I (or my agency) opt out of the code of conduct?
- What does my agency need to do to put the code of conduct in place?
- Why is there no reference to the Treaty of Waitangi in the code of conduct?
- How does this code of conduct fit with other legislative requirements?
- What consultation took place before the code of conduct was finalised?
- What is the relationship between the State Services Commissioner and State servants?
Why do we need a code of conduct?
A code of conduct provides the basis for ongoing trust in the integrity of the State Services. It also protects staff by setting out clear expectations, so that everyone knows their obligations and what is required of them.
The State Services is collectively responsible for implementing Government policies and providing or administering a wide range of statutory functions and public services. State servants are guardians of what ultimately belongs to the public; the public expects State servants to serve and safeguard its interests.
The New Zealand State Services is regarded as one of the most honest and transparent in the world. 1 Every State servant has a part to play in acting with integrity to maintain New Zealanders’ confidence in the State Services.
Misuse of a position or of powers, or a failure to meet expectations, causes people to lose trust in government. A perceived ‘integrity failure’ in one government agency can impact negatively on the opinion people hold of all the State Services.
1: For example New Zealand is ranked:
- first in the International Budget Partnership Biennial 2012 Open Budget Survey
- first equal out of 182 countries in Transparency International’s 2013 Corruptions Perceptions Index
- fourth out of 77 countries in the 2013 Global Open Data Barometer
- first out of 132 countries on the 2014 Social Progress Index
- third out of 183 economies on the World Bank’s assessment of how governments regulate commerce, and
- in the top 10 in the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index.