Civil servants will be encouraged to discuss their political activities with their managers and the political interests of close family members under new guidelines.

The State Services Commission has toughened up its code of conduct for public servants with more prescriptive rules around political activities and potential conflicts of interest.

The changes come amid signs of heightened Government sensitivity around the professionalism of the public service including its initiation of two inquiries into the leak of its mining and state sector restructuring plans.

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