UQ Staff Code of Conduct - Consultation

UQ staff are invited to provide feedback on the revised Staff Code of Conduct (the Code).

The Code is an important UQ governance policy that outlines the standards of conduct UQ expects from its staff. The Code is required under Queensland’s Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 and any changes to it must be approved by the UQ Senate.

UQ’s current Code of Conduct is available to view in the Policy and Procedures Library (PPL).

Revised Staff Code of Conduct

Staff are encouraged to provide feedback on the revised Staff Code of Conduct that has been developed, taking into consideration:

Ethics principles and values

The Code adopted and implemented by UQ needs to be consistent with the following ethics principles and values set out in the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994:

  • integrity and impartiality
  • promoting the public good
  • commitment to the system of government
  • accountability and transparency.
Quality criteria

It is intended that the Code be a concise, easy to read and understand document providing clarity on UQ’s expectations and requirements for standards of staff conduct. The Code should also:

  • enable prudent and timely decisions to be made and UQ’s operations to be performed effectively and efficiently;
  • focus on delivering specific outputs and outcomes in a competent manner;
  • clearly identify key roles, responsibilities and accountabilities; and
  • incorporate management protocols to provide assurance on its effectiveness, efficiency, currency and continuous improvement.
Freedom of speech and academic freedom

In developing the revised Code, consideration has been given to UQ’s Model Code for the Protection of Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom, as set out in the UQ Governance and Management Framework. UQ’s commitment to the protection and promotion of freedom of speech and academic freedom for staff is explicitly affirmed in section 2.3 of the revised Code.

Have your say

Consultation on the revised Code has closed.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your feedback will help inform the further development and finalisation of the Code. A proposed Code will then be submitted to the University Senior Executive Team (USET) for endorsement and the UQ Senate for approval. The final approved Code will be published on the PPL.

General enquiries

If you have any general enquiries about this review, please contact Tom Hall, Governance Manager, Governance and Compliance Unit (tom.hall@uq.edu.au).