3.1 This chapter covers:
- the relationship between Ministers and the various organisations that are part of the executive branch of government;
- the standards of integrity and conduct expected throughout the public sector.
3.2 In this chapter, the term:
- “officials” covers both employees within the public service and those of the public sector, except where the context signals that it covers employees in the public service only;
- “agency” refers to any department that is part of the Crown, whether or not it is part of the public service. In some contexts, this includes those Crown entities that are Crown agents.
3.3 Guidance in this chapter may also be relevant for organisations outside the Crown.