Appendix 1: What it means to be professional in the State Services - an outline of professional behaviour

To be professional in the State Services means:

  • acting lawfully and promoting the rule of law
  • supporting parliamentary democracy and parliamentary institutions
  • demonstrating a spirit of service to the public of New Zealand
  • giving effect to agency responsibilities as part of executive government
  • carrying out obligations to the Government in an efficient, effective and politically impartial way
  • recognising the Crown's commitments under the Treaty of Waitangi
  • promoting equality and diversity in the workplace
  • displaying relevant knowledge and competence in all work responsibilities
  • delivering services and achieving results through organisational efficiency and fiscal responsibility
  • having regard to the importance of sustainability in the development of policies and in the delivery of services
  • respecting people and their views, both inside and outside the State Services
  • demonstrating a strong sense of personal responsibility and commitment to the public good
  • preparing advice, delivering services, and reaching decisions by using analytically sound, well-rounded, informed and inclusive approaches
  • tendering that advice when required, with objectivity, courage, tenacity and independence
  • promoting and advocating standards of integrity
  • seeking opportunities for personal development that will strengthen the contribution that can be made to the work of the State Services
  • giving effect to the standards of integrity and conduct applied to agencies by the State Services Commissioner.

It would not be professional for us to:

  • undermine parliamentary processes or the ability of Ministers to account to Parliament for the activities of an organisation for which they are responsible
  • engage in activities that undermine the State Services' commitment to integrity and professionalism - in effect failing to meet the obligations to be fair, impartial, responsible and trustworthy.
  • disregard our obligations to act lawfully, effectively, efficiently and economically
  • act in a way that brings our organisation or the State Services into disrepute
  • act out of bias or favouritism
  • allow our actions to be influenced by personal relationships, self-interest, or personal obligations or to act in a way which may reasonably be seen as improperly influenced by others
  • fail to give Ministers advice of relevant concerns to avoid 'surprises'
  • promote in our work, a particular party political viewpoint or personal agenda
  • promote the interests of our organisation at the cost of other parts of the State Services
  • fail to carry out lawful directions from a Minister or from our organisation on conscience or other grounds without first having discussed the circumstances, and disclosed this refusal to act, with our manager
  • be profligate with public resources and disregard the importance of sustainability in everything we do.

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