Our Values

The Reserve Bank pursues national economic policy objectives and undertakes a range of associated activities in financial markets and banking. It also issues Australia's banknotes and operates infrastructure critical to the payments system. Staff, and others who are involved in the activities of the Bank, have a critical role to play in achieving these objectives, whether directly or in a supporting role. They are advised of their responsibility to conduct themselves with a high degree of integrity, to strive for excellence in the work they perform and the outcomes they achieve and to promote the public interest. Their behaviour is guided by a Code of Conduct, which sets out the Bank's requirements of its employees and others who are involved in its activities. This Code embodies the following values:

  1. Promotion of the public interest

    We serve the public interest. We ensure that our efforts are directed to this objective, and not to serving our own interests or the interests of any other person or group.

  2. Integrity

    We are honest in our dealings with others within and outside the Bank. We are open and clear in our dealings with our colleagues. We take appropriate action if we are aware of others who are not acting properly.

  3. Excellence

    We strive for technical and professional excellence.

  4. Intelligent inquiry

    We think carefully about the work we do and how we undertake it. We encourage debate, ask questions and speak up when we have concerns.

  5. Respect

    We treat one another with respect and courtesy. We value one another's views and contributions.