Code of conduct
Our code of conduct is based on the principles of fairness, respect, integrity and responsibility.
The department is committed to improving the social and economic well being of the people of NSW through the provision of high quality education and training.
As employees of the department, we have significant influence in developing an informed, dynamic and democratic society by providing experiences that inspire and facilitate teaching and learning.
In a large, complex organisation, this relies on the ethical principles and good judgement of each individual employee. All staff are required to be familiar with the code of conduct and to follow it.
What is the code of conduct?
The code of conduct (PDF 4.62MB) establishes a common understanding of the standards of behaviour expected of all department employees. It provides a framework to help you decide on the appropriate course of action when you are faced with an ethical issue.
What does it cover?
The code of conduct has been updated to include a statement of ethics (PDF 0.22MB) and guidance for the use of social networking, blogs and wiki sites. It is written in plain English and it includes examples and vodcasts of teachers and managers providing their thoughts on various aspects of the code.
Who does it apply to?
It applies to everybody from the Secretary to casual and contracted staff as well as volunteers.
See more information about the code of conduct.