those employees whose duties involve working directly with the Government and the Parliament are outlined below in relation to each of the Values. Committed to Service 1.2.2 The Committed to Service Value provides for an APS that is professional, objective, innovative and efficient, that works collaboratively to achieve the best results for the Australian community and the Government. 1.2.3 The Directions about this Value require employees to encourage innovative thought and support innovative solutions. Employees should be open to good ideas, thinking beyond traditional boundaries and challenging the ‘business as usual’ approach. 1.2.4 Employees should contribute to a culture of achievement, and support a unified APS that is focused on serving the Government and the Australian community. They should identify and manage potential areas of risk, and be responsive to ministers—taking account of resource and time constraints—by: a. being knowledgeable about the Government’s policies b. understanding the relevant issues and options APS Values and Code of Conduct in practice – August 2017 6
c. understanding the Government’s objectives and the environment in which it operates. Ethical 1.2.5 The Ethical Value provides for an APS that demonstrates leadership, is trustworthy, and acts with integrity at all times. 1.2.6 APS employees must comply with: a. all relevant Australian laws b. appropriate professional standards c. the APS Code of Conduct (the Code). 1.2.7 One element of the Code is that APS employees must maintain appropriate confidentiality about dealings with any minister or a member of a minister’s staff. 1.2.8 APS employees should act in a way that models and promotes the highest standard of ethical behaviour, following through on commitments made and having the courage to address difficult issues. Employees should take account of whole of government issues and concerns in developing and implementing policies and programs. 1.2.9 When working with the Government, to uphold this Value employees should act in the right way, as well as the technically and legally correct way. The ‘right decision’ or the ‘right action’, depending on context, is likely to require having regard to the intent of a relevant law or policy. In practice this means employees need to understand the reasons for the law or the policy. The more senior the employee, the greater the expectation that they will have this understanding. Respectful 1.2.10 The Respectful Value provides for an APS that respects all people, including their rights and their heritage. 1.2.11 APS employees must treat all people with dignity and recognise that all people have value. Employees should also collaborate, and be open to ideas in policy development, implementation, program management and regulation.
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