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Maintenance of ethical standards

OPC has taken steps to ensure that staff are aware of their rights and obligations under the Public Service Act 1999.

Formal procedures have been established for determining breaches of the APS Code of Conduct, and for dealing with public interest disclosures.

The APS Values, Code of Conduct, Accountable Authority Instructions and other material relevant to ethical conduct are incorporated, as appropriate, into OPC policies and guidelines.

All new employees to OPC are given a copy of the relevant material during their induction program, including information about the Australian Public Service Commission’s Ethics Advisory Service. In addition, new employees are provided with the APS online induction program.

OPC sets very high ethical standards. OPC’s policy on the acceptance of gifts and hospitality applies equally to members of the SMT and to other staff.