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Procedures for determining breaches of the code of conduct

All Australian Public Service (APS) employees must follow the APS Code of Conduct. In accordance with the Act, the Secretary of the Department of Health has set up procedures for deciding whether a current or former Health employee has breached the code and deciding sanctions.

The APS Code of Conduct

Health is an agency of the Australian Public Service (APS), and all APS employees must follow the APS Code of Conduct. That means Health employees must:

  • behave honestly and with integrity in connection with APS employment
  • act with care and diligence in connection with APS employment
  • when acting in connection with APS employment, treat everyone with respect and courtesy, and without harassment
  • when acting in connection with APS employment, comply with all applicable Australian laws
  • comply with any lawful and reasonable direction given by someone in the employee's Agency who has authority to give the direction
  • maintain appropriate confidentiality about dealings that the employee has with any Minister or Minister's member of staff
  • take reasonable steps to avoid any conflict of interest (real or apparent) and disclose details of any material personal interest of the employee in connection with the employee's APS employment
  • use Commonwealth resources in a proper manner and for a proper purpose
  • not provide false or misleading information in response to a request for information that is made for official purposes in connection with the employee's APS employment
  • not improperly use inside information or the employee's duties, status, power or authority to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or an advantage for the employee or any other person; or to cause, or to seek to cause, detriment to the employee's Agency, the Commonwealth or any other person
  • at all times behave in a way that upholds the APS Values and Employment Principles, and the integrity and good reputation of the employee's Agency and the APS
  • while on duty overseas, at all times behave in a way that upholds the good reputation of Australia; and
  • comply with any other conduct requirement that is prescribed by the regulations.

The Code of Conduct is set out in completion in section 13 of the Public Service Act 1999 (the Act).

Secretary’s procedures for determining breaches of the APS Code of Conduct

To accord with section 15(3) of the Act, the Secretary of the Department of Health has established procedures for determining whether a Health employee, or former employee, has breached the APS Code of Conduct. We also have established procedures for determining sanctions.

We have made these procedures available to accord with section 15(7) of the Act.

I, Glenys Beauchamp, Secretary of the Department of Health (‘the Department’), establish these Procedures under subsection 15(3) of the Public Service Act 1999 (‘the Act’). These Procedures commence on 10 January 2018.

Procedures for determining breaches of the APS Code of Conduct and deciding sanctions

These procedures outline how we determine whether a current or former employee has breached the Australian Public Service (APS) Code of Conduct. It also outlines any sanctions that may be imposed.

Last updated: 
11 July 2019

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