In recognition that the public sector has a duty to uphold the system of government and the laws of the State, Commonwealth and local government, public service agencies, public sector entities and public officials:
- accept and value their duty to uphold the system of government and the laws of the State, the Commonwealth and local government
- are committed to effecting official public sector priorities, policies and decisions professionally and impartially
- accept and value their duty to operate within the framework of Ministerial responsibility to government, the Parliament and the community.
This does not limit the responsibility of a public service agency, public sector entity or public sector official to act independently of government if the independence of the agency, entity or official is required by legislation or government policy, or is a customary feature of the work of the agency, entity or official.