Public sector values and integrity

Public sector values and integrity

Every employee in the public sector is guided by the same Public Sector Values and is bound by the Code of Conduct.

Working for the public sector

When you join the Victorian public sector, you join a workforce of almost 300,000 employees. Each of us helps deliver vital services to the people of Victoria. And each of us is obliged by law (Public Administration Act 2004) to perform our duties with integrity, respect and honesty.

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct sets out and describes the values and behaviours that guide the way we work with the Victorian Government, community and colleagues. Included in the Code are the Public Sector Values. These ensure we are fair, objective and courteous in all our dealings.

Public Sector Values

The Public Sector Values within the Code of Conduct describes the behaviour that the Victorian Government and community rightly expect of us. The seven Public Sector Values are:

  • responsiveness
  • integrity
  • impartiality
  • accountability
  • respect
  • leadership
  • human rights

What this means for applicants

In your application, you’ll be asked if your values align with ours. The values will be described in the position description. You should check that you’re comfortable with those and they match the way you like to work.

You’ll also be expected to present true and accurate information, in particular about your skills and experience.

Employers can make the following pre-employment checks:

  • contact your referees about employment history and performance
  • conduct a police records check for relevant criminal history or pending charges — for some jobs
  • undertake a Working with Children Check — for jobs that involve children
  • confirm your qualifications, registration and certification
  • contact relevant professional licensing or registration bodies about any inquiries
  • confirm your eligibility to work in Australia
  • check if you’ve had a previous Victorian public sector redundancy —  this may affect your application for re-employment