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Personal interests

Because of the broad duties imposed on public sector officials, a variety of personal interests may come into conflict, or appear to come into conflict, with the performance of official duties.

The appearance of a conflict of interest may be as serious as an actual conflict because it may reduce public confidence in the integrity of the public sector. Consequently, actions that would raise the appearance of a conflict of interest in the mind of a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts should be avoided.

In the public sector such personal interests can arise in the following circumstances:

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Last update: 15 October, 2013