Victorian Public Sector Values

The Public Sector Values 

The Public Administration Act 2004 establishes values to guide conduct and performance in the Victorian Public Sector

The values and the Code of Conduct based on the values provide the foundation of the integrity and accountability framework for all public sector employees.

Values define what is important to an organisation and how things will be done.  In the Victorian public sector, they underpin an employee's interaction with the government, community, suppliers and other employees.

The Departments values are the Public Sector Values 

Public Education, early childhood development and training are critical public services and the jobs we do to provide high quality education services are very important. As employees of the public sector, all Department staff working in Government schools and offices are required to demonstrate the Public Sector Values in accordance with the binding Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees.

The Department has adopted the public sector values which are set out in the code of conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees , DET’s values are Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values underpin how we interact with colleagues, learners and families, members of the community, suppliers and Government. We are all required to uphold and demonstrate DET’s values in our work.

For more information about DET’s values please take the time to read the materials and tools provided below to support you in understanding DET’s values and how they apply to the work you do. 

e-Module Learning program 

An e-module has been designed to help you understand DET's Values and how their representative behaviours apply to your role.  This module is one of a suite of modules linked to the Department's commitment to provide respectful workplaces.

The Understanding DET's Values for Corporate and Schools e-modules can be accessed using the links below.  Select from the Understanding DET's Values - Corporate or Understanding DET's Values - Schools according to your work location.

Other Resources

The WORD versions for each of the PDF documents below have been created for system reading software. The content is the same, however the formatting and display is different to accommodate system reader functionality.

School Resources

7 in 7 Values Program in Schools

  • Team Activity Sheets
  • Team Activity - Scenarios for discussion
  • Email Signature Blocks
    • How to add a Value image to your existing signature block (PDF) (WORD
    • Responsiveness (JPG
    • Integrity (JPG​)
    • Impartiality (JPG)

Additional School Resources

  • Understanding Department Values - Schools' Guide  (PDF)  (WORD)
  • Conversation Cards for Schools  (PDF)   (WORD)
  • Facilitation Guide  (PDF)  (WORD)
  • Posters  (PDF
  • Quick Reference Guide  (PDF)  (WORD)
  • DET Values for School employees  (PPOINT)
  • DET Values - Supporting resource for Leadership Team Presentations  (PPOINT
  • DET Values - Supporting resource for Staff Presentations (PPOINT

Corporate Resources

7 in 7 Values program

  • Email Signature Blocks
    • How to add a Value image to your existing signature block  (PDF)  (WORD
    • Responsiveness  (JPG
    • Integrity  (JPG
    • Impartiality  (JPG
    • Accountability  (JPG
    • Respect  (JPG
    • Leadership  (JPG
    • Human Rights  (JPG
    • All 7 Values in one  (JPG

 Additional Corporate Resources 

  • Understanding Department Values - Corporate Guide  (PDF)  (WORD
  • Conversation Cards for Corporate  (PDF)  (WORD
  • Facilitation Guide  (PDF)  (WORD
  • Posters  (PDF
  • Quick Reference Guide  (PDF)  (WORD
  • DET Values for Corporate employees  (PPOINT)


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Contact Information

If you would like to share your story about how you or your staff are demonstrating the Department of Education and Training's values or to make a suggestion, please email: