Element 1: Agencies have standards of integrity and conduct

The State Services Commissioner requires State servants to behave with integrity. For this to happen, they need to know about the integrity standards. This requires agencies to give effect to the Commissioner's code or to have agency-specific standards consistent with that code.

The code reinforces the obligation of agencies to act lawfully. The Protected Disclosures Act 2000 requires all public sector agencies to have a "whistleblower" policy, which is promoted to staff and re-published regularly.

    Finding Almost all State servants (97%) are aware their agency has a code of conduct.

    Only 35% of State servants are familiar with the provisions in the Protected Disclosures Act 2000, although awareness among District Health Board (DHB) employees has improved significantly since 2007. Despite this, half of all participants say they know of processes for reporting misconduct either confidentially or anonymously.

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