The Code of Conduct describes how government employees should conduct themselves while delivering services to the Queensland community. This includes when performing official work duties, representing the government at events or on business trips, and attending work-related social events.
The Code of Conduct applies to employees of Queensland Government agencies. For the purposes of the Code of Conduct, agencies are:
TAFE institutes or statutory TAFE institutes
administrative offices of a court or tribunal
entities prescribed by regulation.
You must abide by the Code of Conduct if you’re a permanent, temporary, full-time, part-time or casual employee; or a volunteer, student, contractor or consultant working for a Queensland Government agency.
The Code of Conduct is underpinned by 4 ethics principles. The Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 affirms these principles are fundamental to good public administration.
See also your agency’s intranet. You may have a Standards of practice guide that supports the Code of Conduct, and additional policies and values you need to follow.
Queensland Government employees are responsible for always adhering to the standards of conduct as outlined in the Code of Conduct.
You are also responsible for reporting any concerns you have about others not adhering to the standards. If you have any concerns, provide feedback to your supervisor. They’ll review the matter and determine if the conduct conflicts with the standards.
Managers are responsible for adhering to the standards of conduct as outlined in the Code of Conduct.
You must also ensure your employees:
understand and adhere to the Code of Conduct
understand the relevant legislation, delegations and policies
receive the appropriate training and development to perform their duties.
Chief executives and senior executives
Chief executives and senior executives are responsible for adhering to the standards of conduct as outlined in the Code of Conduct.
You must also:
promote an organisational culture that values high ethical standards and behaviour
demonstrate a commitment to ethics by communicating the importance of ethical decision-making in the workplace and promoting ethical behaviour in day-to-day actions
ensure your employees have access to training in how to use the Code and in ethical decision-making.