Ethics

The maintenance of high ethical values is critical to the maintenance and enhancement of public trust and confidence in government and government services.

The PSA has established an ethics network to develop and promote a members’ perspective on issues of public sector ethics. Ethics are at the heart of public sector professionalism and to be vigilantly safeguarded.

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Integrity in New Zealand

Transparency International New Zealand has written an open letter to the Prime Minister about integrity issues.

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National integrity

On 8 May, Transparency International is hosting “Continuing the Conversation about NZ National Integrity Systems: Key Findings” at Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2, Victoria University, Wellington.

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Ethics advisory service

In Australia the Ethics Advisory Service is available to all Australian Public Service (APS) employees who want advice on ethical issues in the workplace and on how to make sound decisions around these issues.

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Lobbying Disclosure Bill

The PSA proposed a chilling period for public servants leaving to work in the private sector, as part of our submission on Holly Walker’s Lobbying Disclosure Bill.

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Raising awareness of whisteblowing procedures

New Zealand has the Protected Disclosures Act 2000 which provides for protection of people reporting ‘serious wrongdoing’ in their organisation.

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Whistleblowing resource

The ‘Whistling While They Work' is described as a good practice guide for managing internal reporting of wrongdoing in public sector organisations.

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