PM’s Code of Conduct for Ministers

1 Sep 2022

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has updated the ministerial codes of conduct

In the foreword for the conduct, the PM said his government is committed to ‘integrity, honesty and accountability’.

“This code is underpinned by key principles that Ministers must act with due regard for integrity, fairness, accountability, responsibility and the public interest.”

Ministers hold high public office and are entrusted with considerable privilege and power. The people of Australia are entitled to expect that, in the discharge of our duties, we will act in a manner that is consistent with the highest ethical standards.

The convention of collective responsibility which applies to the Federal Cabinet ensures that the Government is collectively accountable and responsible to the Parliament and to the people of Australia. This means that Ministers are responsible, both personally and as a group, for the way in which we carry out our official duties.