The integrity and conduct programme aims to build trust by supporting the institutional integrity of agencies and trustworthiness of public servants.

In order to operate effectively in our communities and make a difference, we need to have the trust and confidence of New Zealanders. To maintain this trust and confidence, we need to be able to show we are trustworthy, that we act in the interests of New Zealand and its citizens, and never for our personal gain.

The New Zealand Public Sector is held in high regard and ranks well across a range of international integrity measures. That reputation depends on our ability to build and maintain a high trust, strong public management system, and a workplace culture that promotes integrity and ethics as central to our values and work. Every public servant has a part to play.  

Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commission (the Commission) has three main roles in leading the public sector in all matters related to integrity and conduct:

  • Setting standards of integrity and conduct that apply to most public sector agencies;
  • Providing advice and guidance to staff on matters of integrity and conduct; and
  • Investigating matters of integrity and conduct in the public sector

Standards of Integrity and Conduct

The Public Service Commissioner  is responsible for setting standards of integrity and conduct across most of the public sector.   The Commissioner has done this in a code of conduct for the public sector, called the Standards of Integrity and Conduct (the Code).

The Code has been applied to Public Service departments, to many Crown entities including statutory entities, Crown entity companies (excluding Crown Research Institutes) and a number of Crown entity subsidiaries and to Public Finance Act Schedule 4A companies. Staff in those organisations must comply with the standards in the code.

The Public Service Commissioner has issued a Code of Conduct for Crown Entity Board Members which applies to the board members of statutory entities (excluding corporations sole) and Crown entity companies (excluding Crown Research Institutes and their subsidiaries).

The Public Service Commissioner has issued a Code of Conduct for the Directors of Public Finance Act 1989 Schedule 4A Companies.

Model Standards

Model Standards set out the Commissioner’s minimum expectations for agencies and staff in the public sector on specific integrity areas. These are:

Advice and guidance

The Commission provides advice and guidance to agencies on how to interpret and implement the Code in their organisations.

As part of this the Commission maintains a 'helpdesk' to assist in the interpretation of the Code and provide advice on integrity matters. Agencies or individuals should feel free to contact us for advice by email at or by phone (04) 495 6600.

Investigating matters of integrity and conduct

The Public Services Commissioner may conduct investigations on matters of integrity and conduct across most of the public sector. These inquiries provide assurance to both the government and the public that the activities of agencies and individual public servants are being carried out within the law and within the bounds of proper conduct.

Guidance and related information

Bribery and corruption


Fraud and Corruption Policy Framework (96KB | PDF)on the Ministry of Justice website.

Saying no to bribery and corruption publication (223KB | PDF)on the Ministry of Justice website.

Where to report serious fraud, bribery and corruption on the Serious Fraud Office website.

Confidentiality of government information

Maintaining confidentiality of government information

Conflicts of Interest


Conflicts of Interest Model Standards

Board Appointment and Induction Guidelines

Office of the Auditor General – Managing conflicts of interest: A guide for the public sector

Disclosure of Chief Executive Expenses

Chief executive expense, gifts and hospitality disclosures

Chief Executive Gifts, Benefits and Expenses Model Standards (89KB | PDF)
Sensitive expenditure

Office of the Auditor-General – Controlling sensitive expenditure: Guide for public organisations

Elections and Political Guidance

He Ārahitanga Pōtitanga Whānui | General Election Guidance

Cabinet Manual (2017) on the DPMC website

Free and Frank Advice and Policy Stewardship

Free and Frank Advice and Policy Stewardship

Open Government Partnership Learn about the Open Government Partnership
Positive and Safe Workplaces

Positive and Safe Workplaces Model Standards

WorkSafe NZ’s Bullying prevention toolbox

WorkSafe NZ’s Sexual harassment prevention toolbox

Protected Disclosures (whistleblowing)


Protected Disclosures Act 2022

Protected Disclosures Act 2000

Te Kawa Mataaho Speaking up in the Public Service

Select Committees Officials and Select Committees - Guidelines
Social media Principles for interaction with social media
Standards of integrity and conduct


Code of conduct for the State Services

Understanding the code of conduct - Guidance for State servants

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