The Commission has developed a series of guides to assist in promoting understanding of the expectations to which persons in public life will be held accountable. This guide deals with ethics and sets out those principles which govern both the behaviour and decision-making of persons in public life.


In its modern use, the term ethics typically refers to a system of principles that provide a way of evaluating and selecting a course of action from amongst competing options. Adhering to a strong ethical framework helps build integrity into our work and decision-making, which creates an environment of trust, transparency and reliability. These features assist in the prevention of corruption or conflicts of interest.