Commissioner social media launch

Commissioner social media launch


It is important for many public servants that
they have the right to make comment on issues of public interest in their own time. This, of course, raises the question as to
what it means to be an impartial public servant. The spread of social media and the ease of
its use reinforces the need for clear guidance about what can be said and what can’t be
said. The Public Service Commission has for several
years issued guidance on this matter. Our guidance is very similar to that which
is given by state governments, governments in overseas jurisdictions and the private
sector, but there is a legitimate question as to whether we have the balance right in
the guidance that we give. Is the balance right between the rights of
the person as an APS employee and their rights as a private citizen? And even if the policy is right, are the words
right? Can we make it easier to understand? Can we give you and agencies more clarity
and certainty? The answers to these questions are not straightforward. The Commission has issued a discussion paper
which canvasses the matter in more detail. At the end of the paper we have inserted a
number of questions. We ask you to make submissions to us by the
end of November about your ideas to improve the guidance. Also if you are an interested public servant
we have established a social media forum for you to enter a debate to talk about the questions
and put forward your ideas. We want as many as possible to contribute
to this important issue. It would be great if you get involved. Thank you.

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