A code of conduct issued by the State Services Commissioner sets standards of integrity for the State Services. The code currently applies to Public Service Departments, to statutory Crown Entities (including District Health Boards), to Crown Entity Companies (excluding Crown Research Institutes), and to a number of subsidiary companies of Crown Entities. At 1 April 2010, there were 136 agencies required to comply with the code and to have policies and procedures consistent with it.

The purpose of the code is to fulfil two objectives of the State Sector Act 1988:

    - to maintain appropriate standards of integrity and conduct among employees in the State Services and other agencies

    - to ensure employees in the State Services are imbued with the spirit of service to the community.

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