Parliamentary Service Values

The Parliamentary Service Values form the enduring framework that defines the Parliamentary Service.  They are set out in the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 and are mandatory for the Clerk of the Senate and all employees to comply with.

The Parliamentary Service Values support the effective and efficient management of the Parliamentary Service and underpin relationships and behaviours of its employees.  The Parliamentary Service Values establish ‘the way we work around here’.

The Parliamentary Service Values are noted below.

PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE ACT 1999

Section 10 - Parliamentary Service Values

(1)

The Parliamentary Service Values are as follows:

 

(a)

The Parliamentary Service provides professional advice and support for the Parliament independently of the Executive Government of the Commonwealth;

 

(b)

The Parliamentary Service provides non-partisan and impartial advice and services to each House of the Parliament, to committees of each House, to joint committees of both Houses and to Senators and Members of the House of Representatives;

 

(c)

The Parliamentary Service has the highest ethical standards;

 

(d)

The Parliamentary Service performs its functions with probity and is openly accountable for its actions to the Parliament;

 

(e)

The Parliamentary Service has leadership of the highest quality;

 

(f)

Employment decisions in the Parliamentary Service are based on merit;

 

(g)

The Parliamentary Service provides a workplace that is free from discrimination and recognises and utilises the diversity of the Australian community;

 

(h)

The Parliamentary Service establishes workplace relations that value communication, consultation, co-operation and input from employees on matters that affect their workplace;

 

(i)

The Parliamentary Service provides a fair, flexible, safe and rewarding workplace;

 

(j)

The Parliamentary Service focuses on achieving results and managing performance;

 

(k)

The Parliamentary Service uses Commonwealth resources properly and cost-effectively;

 

(l)

The Parliamentary Service promotes equity in employment;

 

(m)

The Parliamentary Service provides a reasonable opportunity to all eligible members of the community to apply for Parliamentary Service employment;

 

(n)

The Parliamentary Service is a career-based service to enhance the effectiveness and cohesion of Australia’s democratic system of government;

 

(o)

The Parliamentary Service provides a fair system of review of decisions taken in respect of Parliamentary Service employees.

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