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Who is covered by the code of conduct?

The table below shows which agencies the code of conduct may be applied to and if it has been applied.

Agency type

Comment

Public Service departments

The code of conduct is applied to all Public Service departments.

The code replaced the Public Service Code of Conduct in force from 1990-2007. The behaviour that is expected under the “new” code is no different from before.  The values are enduring.  What changed was the way they are expressed.

Crown entities

The code of conduct is applied to statutory Crown entities and Crown entity companies, and to Crown entity subsidiaries that employ staff. The Commissioner has not yet applied the code of conduct to School Boards of Trustees.

Parliamentary Counsel Office

The Commissioner has not yet applied the code of conduct to the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO).  The PCO has chosen to comply with the Commissioner’s code (see Statement of Intent for the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2018, Maintaining the PCO's integrity and reputation).

Parliamentary Service    

The Commissioner has not yet applied the code of conduct to the Parliamentary Service.  The Parliamentary Service has applied its own code.

Public Finance Act Schedule 4A companies

The State Sector Amendment Act 2013 extended the Commissioner’s mandate to apply the code of conduct to Public Finance Act Schedule 4A companies. This process is underway.

A list of each agency the code of conduct has been applied to is available here: www.ssc.govt.nz/code-organisations .

Once each agency covered by the code of conduct has been notified in writing that the code applies to it the agency including its employees, and individuals working as contractors or secondees in relation to a function, duty, or power of the agency, must comply with the code 2 . It is the responsibility of each agency to determine how the standards apply to any other volunteers, contractors, and individuals working for them.

It is not the role of the Commissioner to specify how this is to be done.  All agencies should have policies, practices and procedures in place that set out how their staff will comply with the standards.  In this way, by meeting the requirements of their agency, staff will meet their integrity and conduct obligations as State servants.

2: The 2013 amendment to the State Sector Act extended the coverage of the code to individuals working as contractors or secondees in relation to a function, duty, or power of the agency.

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