As provided for in subsection 15(7) of the PS Act, these procedures are publicly available on the Department’s website. We are also able to assist Agency Heads manage investigations into Code of Conduct breaches, and to manage any issues which may arise in the context of employee performance management. Proportion of EAS enquiries by category, 2013–14. 3.2.2 APS employees should review the APS Values and Employment Principles regularly and must ensure that their conduct is consistent with the APS Values and Employment Principles. An employee must disclose, and take reasonable steps to avoid, any conflict of interest, either real or apparent, in connection with his or her employment in the Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or Business Office, including in relation to any outside employment and/or business activities. Procedures for Determining Suspected Breaches of the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct PDF: 184 KB These procedures commence on the date signed by the Secretary. (2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(c), a decision relating to engagement or promotion is based on merit if: (a) all eligible members of the community were given a reasonable opportunity to apply to perform the relevant duties; and, (b) an assessment is made of the relative suitability of the candidates to perform the relevant duties, using a competitive selection process; and, (c) the assessment is based on the relationship between the candidates' work‑related qualities and the work‑related qualities genuinely required to perform the relevant duties; and, (d) the assessment focuses on the relative capacity of the candidates to achieve outcomes related to the relevant duties; and. Failure to behave at all times in a way that upholds the APS Values and Employment Principles and the integrity and good reputation of the employee's agency and the APS—Section 13(11) of the Public Service Act—continued to be the most common alleged breach, a factor in 74% of finalised investigations during 2013–14. Public servants warned on social media use. This appendix reports on the extent to which Australian Public Service (APS) employees operate in accordance with the APS Values, Employment Principles and Code of Conduct. Can I be investigated because of his behaviour? Chapter 12 of the Consular Handbook on managing child sex complaints provides useful guidance in this respect. (b) to cause, or seek to cause, detriment to the employee's Agency, the Commonwealth or any other person. The employee census defined corruption as ‘the dishonest or biased exercise of a Commonwealth public official's functions. New data was captured in 2013–14 on the reasons for not imposing a sanction where a breach of the Code of Conduct was found. 3.6.8 More detailed information on the Lobbying Code of Conduct and how it is applied in the department is set out at section 5.4 and section 5.5 of this Manual. 3.5.12 Breaches of the DFAT Code of Conduct for Overseas Service by contractors may be regarded as failure to meet their contractual obligations and may result in the termination of their contract. For this purpose, Australian law 2. 7.2 Employees overseas must respect the cultural background of colleagues in the workplace (including locally-engaged staff), clients and domestic staff; not discriminate against, or harass such persons or any other person because of their sex, marital status, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability or religious beliefs, or upon any similar ground; and respect the privacy of individuals when dealing with personal information. This provision also applies to members of an employee's household. provide assistance to the public and to help them understand their entitlements and obligations. 3.3.4 Contractors must maintain conduct consistent with the APS Code of Conduct and should review the APS Code of Conduct regularly. 10.4 Any failure to comply with the Code will be handled in accordance with departmental procedures for handling breaches of the APS Code of Conduct. The Commission supports two statutory office holders: the Australian Public Service Commissioner - who is also agency head - and the Merit Protection Commissioner. 18. (2) An APS employee must act with care and diligence in connection with APS employment. Pending the resolution of any such differences by those agencies, the employee is expected to comply with the written directions of the Head of Mission. A culture based on the APS Values and adherence to the Employment Principles and Code of Conduct is at the heart of a high-performing and trustworthy public service.