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Code of Conduct 2017

This Code of Conduct Presentation is meant to draw a "line in the sand" where professionalism in the school setting is concerned. Re-presented to my staff on 11 February 2015.

Matt Lewis

on 1 March 2017

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Transcript of Code of Conduct 2017

Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct is preceded by a Statement of Ethics, and is written in plain English and in an inclusive style which speaks to you, the reader. It provides guidance for the use of social networking, blogs and wiki sites.
It is on both the internet and intranet and will include vodcasts and examples of appropriate and inappropriate conduct.

*Professional relationships between employees and students #
*Appropriate use of electronic communication and social networking sites
*Use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco
*Identifying and managing conflicts of interest
*Protecting confidential information
*Post separation employment
*Times of arrival, departure & punctuality to meetings
*Promoting the school to the community and beyond positively
*Respect for people #
*Reporting concerns about employee conduct #
*Duty of care
*Record keeping
*Leaving school grounds #
*Declaring gifts, benefits and bribes
*Private and secondary employment
*Using public resources wisely
*Absences #
*Professional attire - LW
*Signatures and providing personal references
*Managing political, community and personal activities
*Copyright and intellectual property #
Who has to comply with the Code of Conduct?
What does the Department expect of its employees?
What happens if I breach the Code?
Never use the Department’s networks to view,
upload, download or circulate:-
**Sexually related or pornographic messages or material.
**Violent or hate-related messages or material
**Racist or other offensive messages aimed at a
particular group or individual
**Malicious, libelous or slanderous messages or material
**Subversive or other messages or material related to illegal activities
**Use appropriate language in email and text messages
**Do not send threatening, abusive or obscene messages
**Do not invite students into your personal social network site, if it contains inappropriate personal information or comments or images
**Report any situations where you are aware of inappropriate use
**Be aware that if email or sms’ become the subject of a legal dispute, then those emails must be produced in court
What are the main points to consider with our Code of Conduct ?
Professional conduct
Your responsibility
Appropriate use of electronic equipment
The Code of Conduct aims to protect
everyone’s interests. It sets out the
of the various laws and the rules and boundaries under which govern our work.

Code of Conduct
places an obligation on
all employees to take responsibility for their
own conduct and to work with colleagues
co-operatively and collaboratively.

What are the main changes ???
A change in the language to ensure all
workplaces in the Department of Education and Communities and TAFE NSW are represented.

Dress Code
for employees.
The inclusion of 2 new factsheets –
Fair Warning – Fair Action
Conflict of Interests

Dress Code
Wearing appropriate dress helps maintain respect and credibility with our clients, students, parents and the broader community.
Employees must not come to work wearing
t-shirts, rubber thongs or clothes displaying alcohol advertising and this is made clear in the Dress Code.

Fair Warning - Fair Action
Employees who do not follow
reasonable directions without good
cause can be issued with a written
A subsequent breach would lead to a
further official warning and a third
breach may lead to disciplinary action
– which in some cases could lead to
demotion or dismissal.

Conflict of Interests
Conflicts arise in situations where an
individual has a personal interest or relationship, real or perceived, that conflicts with their duty to make an unbiased decision as an employee.

What is corrupt conduct ?
Dishonesty or bias in exercise of official function
Breach of public trust
Misuse of information or material acquired in the course of your job
Serious – criminal or disciplinary offence
Deliberate intent- not mistakes or negligence

In plain terms.........
Theft or misuse of money/resources
Conflicts of interest
Fraudulent claims
Bullying and harassment
Use of internet for inappropriate material
Sections of the code dealing with corrupt conduct include:
Record keeping
Declaring gifts, benefits and bribes
Private and secondary employment
Using public resources wisely
Signatures and providing personal references
Managing political, community and personal activities
Copyright and intellectual property

1.2.3 ‘Personal use’ refers to an account that
is has secure privacy settings and is not visible
to the general public. The purpose of the
account has no connection to work related or
department related topics or issues. Examples
could include a staff member using a personal
Facebook that has secure privacy settings or a
private Instagram account.
Social Media Policy
Implementation Procedures
December 2016
Setting up social media
2.4.4 When a school sets up any social media
platforms for educational purposes, the account
administrator must ensure that at least two members of staff, including an executive, have administration rights and regularly monitor the interactions,

2.4.6 All content on official accounts must
be visible to the principal or an executive member of staff. Staff must not create accounts that cannot be monitored. Where social media accounts are created for communication between a staff member and students, the social media
environment is viewed as an extension of the
classroom and the same duty of care is owed.

2.4.7 Staff must not use private message
facilities to interact with students or other minors. Private conversations online between staff and students carry the same dangers of misunderstanding and professional risk as private offline conversations held in a closed room. If a student contacts a staff member via a private message or text message, the staff member should advise the principal and not communicate with the student in a private way.
Sometimes the lines between personal and professional life can be blurred. For this reason, employees are required to act as ambassadors for the department and role models for the students and the community.
Identify yourself as a department employee.
Comments should be apolitical, impartial and professional.
"Im a teacher for NSW Schools, but all comments expressed here are my own thoughts"
Time shouldn't be spent on engaging with personal social media at work. #
Should not be posting about your work at the school, staff, students or official departmental info - can be deemed a breach of privacy.
Student Consent.
Rules of Engagement.
Risk Management.
Removal of posts.
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