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Undertaking outside employment

Am I allowed to take on a second job while I'm still working for the APS?

Sometimes, public servants get a second job or set up a business in addition to their normal APS job. In most cases this will be fine, but there are a couple of things to consider.

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of the publication discusses outside employment in more detail.

Firstly, does the job or the business create a real or perceived conflict of interest with your APS employment? Generally, you will be able to work a second job if it doesn't conflict with your APS duties.

Secondly, whether you're 'moonlighting' at the supermarket, undertaking regular volunteer work, or running your own business, you also need to consider the impact of your additional work on your ability to do your APS job.

Ask yourself:

  • Is your other work in any way related to your APS job or the work of your APS agency? This could lead to competing obligations between your jobs and conflicts of interest.
  • How much time do you spend on your second job? Too many evenings pulling late night Uber fares could make you tired and ineffective at work. If you can't physically manage the demands of both jobs on your health, you may need to reconsider your choices.
  • Are you doing any part of your second job during normal working hours? If your second job overlaps into normal APS work time that's not OK. During work hours your responsibility is to concentrate on your role as an APS employee.

Your agency may have specific policies about outside employment. Check what's on your agency's intranet or get advice from your agency's Ethics Contact Officer.

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If there is a conflict of interest between your APS employment and your second job, taking leave to do that second job doesn't resolve anything. If a conflict of interest, real or perceived, exists then whether you're at work or on leave will make no difference. The conflict doesn't just go away because you aren't at work for a period.

If you're thinking of taking on a second job, it's always a sensible idea to check your agency's policies and to talk about the issue with your manager. This will help you identify whether there is likely to be any conflict and, between the two of you, work out how best to manage it.

Last reviewed: 
29 March 2018