Who the Code of Conduct covers

The Code of Conduct describes how we will conduct ourselves in delivering services to the Queensland community.

This code applies to employees of Queensland public service agencies. Public service agencies are defined under the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 (PDF, 328KB) as:

  • a department
  • a TAFE institute or statutory TAFE institute
  • the administrative office of a court or tribunal
  • an entity prescribed by regulation.

The code applies at all times when we are:

  • performing official duties
  • representing the Queensland Government at conferences, training events, on business trips
  • attending work-related social events.

An ethical culture in public service agencies starts with our Chief Executive Officers and is demonstrated through our senior leaders and all employees.

All employees

Employees (other than judicial officials), are defined as:

  • any Queensland public service agency employee whether permanent, temporary, full-time, part-time or casual
  • any volunteer, student, contractor, consultant or anyone who works in any other capacity for a Queensland public service agency.

We take personal responsibility to uphold this Code and demonstrate the principles and values of the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 by the way we perform our duties.

This Code recognises that we can all demonstrate ethical leadership in how we perform our role, and is a statement of our commitment to the people of Queensland, their elected representatives and our colleagues.

Managers and supervisors

Managerial behaviour sets the tone for the conduct of all employees. Managers and supervisors are required to proactively manage the work performance and personal conduct of employees (Section 26 of the Public Service Act 2008).

They have a responsibility to model and promote this code.

Managers have the ability to influence others by fostering an ethical environment and demonstrate this awareness in performing their duties and in making decisions.

Managers ensure public service employees understand the Code, and any other relevant legislation, delegations, policies or other information required to satisfactorily perform our duties. Managers also ensure that appropriate development and training is provided allow us to perform our duties.

Chief Executive and Senior Executive Service Officers

As our senior leaders, Chief Executive and Senior Executive Service (SES) Officers have a responsibility to visibly demonstrate and uphold the principles and values of the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994. Chief Executive and SES officers' roles are to promote an organisational culture that values high ethical standards and behaviour.

Chief Executive and SES officers openly demonstrate their conscious commitment to ethics by communicating the importance of ethical decision-making in the workplace, and promoting ethical behaviour in day-to-day actions.

Chief Executive and SES officers also ensure employees have access to training in the operation of this code and in ethical decision-making more broadly, making the Code meaningful for all employees.

Upholding the Code

As part of demonstrating our commitment to uphold this Code, we need to identify and report conduct that is not consistent with this code.

Managers have a responsibility to make fair, transparent and consistent decisions regarding any allegations of behaviour that does not uphold this code.

We will support employees who report genuine concerns of wrongdoing and manage any reports of suspected wrongdoing in a fair, transparent and consistent manner.