Ethical standards

Parliamentary service values and departmental policies

The Parliamentary Service Values and Code of Conduct, set out in the Parliamentary Service Act 1999, govern the ethical standards expected of departmental employees. A series of departmental policies support the values and code of conduct and describe in detail the standards of behaviour expected of staff.

Clerk’s Instructions

The Clerk’s Instructions and Financial Management Guidelines are a useful instrument for promulgating the department’s policies and rules and are the primary source of information and advice on its financial management practices.

During 2007–08, the Financial Management Section completed an annual review of the instructions, making minor amendments to them.

While there were no serious breaches of the Clerk’s Instructions during the year, there was a minor breach of an internal instruction relating to the timeliness of the banking of receipts, which has since been rectified.

Social justice and equity impacts

As the department does not administer public programs, it does not directly implement a social justice strategy.

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