Effectiveness of the Victorian Public Sector Commission

Tabled: 8 June 2017

Appendix B. Public Sector Values and Employment Principles

Under the Public Administration Act 2004 (the Act), two of VPSC's functions are issuing and applying codes of conduct derived from the public sector values, and issuing and applying standards derived from the Employment Principles.

Figure B1 outlines the Public Sector Values outlined in the Act.

Figure B1
Public Sector Value
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(a)Responsiveness—public officials should demonstrate responsiveness by—

  • (i)providing frank, impartial and timely advice to the Government
  • (ii)providing high quality services to the Victorian community
  • (iii)identifying and promoting best practice

(b)Integrity—public officials should demonstrate integrity by—

  • (i)being honest, open and transparent in their dealings
  • (ii)using powers responsibly
  • (iii)reporting improper conduct
  • (iv)avoiding any real or apparent conflicts of interest
  • (v)striving to earn and sustain public trust of a high level

(c)Impartiality—public officials should demonstrate impartiality by—

  • (i)making decisions and providing advice on merit and without bias, caprice, favouritism or self-interest
  • (ii)acting fairly by objectively considering all relevant facts and fair criteria
  • (iii)implementing government policies and programs equitably

(d)Accountability—public officials should demonstrate accountability by—

  • (i)working to clear objectives in a transparent manner
  • (ii)accepting responsibility for their decisions and actions
  • (iii)seeking to achieve best use of resources
  • (iv)submitting themselves to appropriate scrutiny

(e)Respect—public officials should demonstrate respect for colleagues, other public officials and members of the Victorian community by—

  • (i)treating them fairly and objectively
  • (ii)ensuring freedom from discrimination, harassment and bullying
  • (iii)using their views to improve outcomes on an ongoing basis

(f)Leadership—public officials should demonstrate leadership by actively implementing, promoting and supporting these values

(g)Human rights—public officials should respect and promote the human rights set out in the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities by—

  • (i)making decisions and providing advice consistent with human rights
  • (ii)actively implementing, promoting and supporting human rights.

Public sector body Heads must establish employment principles that will ensure that—

(a)employment decisions are based on merit; and

(b)public sector employees are treated fairly and reasonably

(c)equal employment opportunity is provided; and

(ca) human rights as set out in the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities are upheld; and

(d)public sector employees have a reasonable avenue of redress against unfair or unreasonable treatment; and

(e)in the case of public service bodies, the development of a career public service is fostered.

Source: VAGO, based on the Public Administration Act 2004.

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