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How do agencies' codes of conduct interface with the Commissioner's code? Which code takes priority?

All agencies to which the Commissioner has applied the code of conduct must comply with it.  However, it is not intended that agencies automatically discard existing codes. Some agencies may choose to comply with the code of conduct through an agency-specific code that has the same effect as the standards set out in the Commissioner’s code.  Others may customise the Commissioner’s code of conduct, by incorporating additional or detailed standards that apply to their particular circumstances.

The code of conduct (www.ssc.govt.nz/code) does not replace other agency codes containing standards that are more detailed than or additional to those in the Commissioner’s code.  However, if the pre-existing codes are inconsistent with any of the Commissioner’s code standards, inconsistent parts will be ineffective unless the responsible Minister has agreed that the agency can deviate from the standard.

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