- 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 consultation took place before the code of conduct was finalised?
Before making any decision on the appropriateness of issuing a code, the State Services Commission (SSC) undertook a comprehensive engagement with Crown entities. The SSC assessed the integrity and conduct provisions that agencies had in force and identified differences in the expectations held of board members and of employees.
This project explored whether setting additional standards could contribute to increased trust in government and confidence in the State Services.
A snapshot of current practices in the Public Service revealed a similar picture to that found in Crown entities. Departments had varied processes to support the Public Service Code of Conduct (www.ssc.govt.nz/code), and had developed additional provisions to suit their agency’s circumstances.
From this information, the Commissioner decided to develop common minimum standards that would be applied as a single code of conduct for State Services agencies. Qualitative research was conducted with State servants and members of the public to identify values and expected standards of behaviour. The research confirmed that the traditional values of the New Zealand public sector were the enduring expectation of most people. These were drafted into a possible code for the State Services.
The draft code then went through a detailed process of consultation. The draft was:
discussed in individual meetings with departments and Crown entities
discussed in meetings with representatives of unions and professional associations, and
posted on the SSC website, with comment on the wording invited.
The feedback from agencies, unions and individuals was taken into account and, where appropriate, the draft was revised to clarify areas of concern.