- 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?
How does this code of conduct fit with other legislative requirements?
It is important that we are always conscious that the powers we are given by law to do our jobs must be exercised responsibly.
This means we must act within the letter and the spirit of the law, including regulations and agency policies and procedures. The exercise of executive powers must comply with both New Zealand law and any international conventions given effect through statute.
We must understand that our roles flow from the constitutional framework of New Zealand, which is prescribed by law and convention. We handle information in our jobs, which means we must be particularly aware of the provisions of the Official Information Act, the Privacy Act, and the Public Records Act, but also of any other agency-specific legislation. As State servants, we must be aware of the responsibility to properly carry out our duties and to co-operate under the provisions of the Ombudsmen Act when there is an enquiry into the way we have acted.
Provisions in the State Sector Act, Crown Entities Act, Public Finance Act, New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act and many other laws, refer specifically to the obligations we have through our work. There is nothing in the code of conduct that in any way conflicts with the need to always meet the requirements of the law.