Code of conduct

NTPS employees are in a position of trust requiring standards of behaviour that reflect community expectations and therefore must abide by a code of conduct.

The code of conduct is set out in employment instruction number 12 PDF (4.5 MB) and the general principles in the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 1993 (PSEMA).

The general principles are a set of rights and obligations binding employees and agencies as follows:

  • administration management principle
  • human resource management principle, which includes the merit principle and the equality of employment opportunity principle
  • performance and conduct principle.

The general principles and code of conduct are part of the terms and conditions of the employment relationship.

As such they are binding on all public sector employees and must be observed by all, including chief executive officers and the Commissioner for Public Employment.

Chief executive officers may develop agency specific codes of conduct consistent with the PSEMA and subordinate legislation to address agency specific needs.

Last updated: 06 July 2022

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