This policy is current as at 20/01/2021 10:02pm, AEDT. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.
Code of Conduct Policy
The Code of Conduct clarifies the standards of behaviour that are expected of staff of the Department of Education in the performance of their duties. It gives guidance in areas where staff need to make personal and ethical decisions.
The policy does not apply to staff employed by bodies that are only partially funded by the Department.
The policy applies to members of the Public Service Senior Executive (PSSE). PSSE staff are also to comply with the current Code of Conduct and Ethics for Public Sector Executives issued by the Premier’s Department.
The department is committed to the highest standards of conduct in public education, training and administration. To meet this commitment, the department has issued this single Code of Conduct to cover all departmental sectors and to more closely align staff conduct with the organisational values and ethics that underpin the department’s policies and procedures.
Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2003
Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998
Education Legislation Amendment (Staff) Act 2006
Government and Related Appeals Tribunal Act 1980
Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000
Ombudsman Act 1974
Protected Disclosures Act 1994
Government Sector Employment Act 2013
Responsibilities and delegations
The Secretary Department of Education, senior executives, senior officers, principals, managers and supervisors are responsible for the effective management of the Code of Conduct.
All staff have a responsibility to comply with legislation, departmental policy, procedures and the Department’s Code of Conduct, perform their duties effectively, provide impartial and accurate advice and act in a manner that promotes a productive and harmonious working environment.