- 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?
What value is there for the public in the code of conduct?
New Zealanders’ trust in and respect for government is based on the integrity of public institutions, including agencies in the State Services.
The State Services is collectively responsible for putting the law into practice, implementing policies of the Government, and administering a wide range of public functions and services. State servants are guardians of what ultimately belongs to the public; New Zealanders expect State servants to serve and safeguard their interests.
Every State servant has a part to play in maintaining public confidence in the State Services. New Zealanders expect government agencies to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law. They expect decisions to be made fairly and impartially. They expect that public money will be spent prudently and public assets will be used and cared for responsibly. They expect that State servants will behave ethically, and be conscientious and competent in their work.
While the code of conduct is not a charter setting standards that the community may demand of the State Services, it displays the standards State servants set for themselves in serving the community. Because the code of conduct applies equally across the State Services, people using public services will not find themselves in the position of receiving different kinds of treatment from different agencies.