- 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?
Who is not covered by the code of conduct?
The Commissioner does not have the power to set standards of integrity and conduct for Crown research institutes and tertiary education institutes, although these are Crown entities. Neither does the Commissioner have the power to set standards for other parts of the wider State sector such as State-owned Enterprises, the New Zealand Police, New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, the New Zealand Defence Force and parliamentary agencies like the Ombudsmen’s Office and the Office of the Auditor General. These agencies, however, are part of the State sector.
The Cabinet Manual requires that all employees in the State sector must act with a spirit of service to the community and meet high standards of integrity and conduct in everything they do. In particular, employees must be fair, impartial, responsible, and trustworthy (paragraph 3.50).