The Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector ('the Code'), to which all public sector employees are bound by, is issued in accordance with the Public Sector Act 2009 ('the PS Act'), where it is referred to as the Code of Conduct.

The Code, which came into effect in July 2015, builds on the principles outlined in the PS Act and sets out the professional standards expected of every employee.

Code of Ethics

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The Code is divided into four sections:

  • Application of the Code, including the roles of chief executives and other organisational leaders
  • Four foundations of public service: Democracy, Impartiality, Accountability, and Diversity
  • The Public Sector Values
  • The Professional Conduct Standards – the Code’s disciplinary provisions, contravention of which may constitute misconduct under the PS Act.

Public Sector Code of Ethics, Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, talks about the importance of the Public Sector Code of Ethics.

Please be advised that as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, all physical Code of Ethics and Values Poster orders will be temporarily unavailable until further notice.

If you would like to be notified once the physical Code of Ethics and Values Posters are available for order, please email us at publicsectorhr@sa.gov.au so that we can keep you informed.

Please note that the electronic version of the Code of Ethics and Values Poster remain available for download at any time on our website.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

The Code costs $2.00+GST per copy, plus a delivery fee that will be determined based on the size of the order and the delivery address. The minimum order quantity is 20. Please contact us if you would like to order more than 2,000 copies.

Once your order has been placed, you will receive a confirmation email, and we will contact the nominated billing person to confirm the invoice total.

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