The Model Code of Conduct provides Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates in Local Government with consistent guidelines for an acceptable standard of professional conduct. The Code addresses in a concise manner the broader issue of ethical responsibility and encourages greater transparency and accountability in individual Local Governments.
The Model Code is complementary to the principles adopted in the Local Government Act and Regulations which incorporates four fundamental aims to result in:
a) Better decision-making by local governments;
b) Great community participation in the decisions and affairs of local governments;
c) Greater accountability of local governments to their communities; and
d) More efficient and effective local government.
The Code provides a guide and a basis of expectations for Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates. It encourages a commitment to ethical and professional behaviour and outlines principles in which individual and collective Local Government responsibilities may be based.
The Model Code of Conduct observes statutory requirements of the Local Government Act 1995, Local Government (Administration) Amendment Regulations 2021 and the Local Government (Model Code of Conduct) Regulations 2021.
Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates acknowledge their activities, behaviours and statutory compliance obligations may be scrutinised in accordance with prescribes rules of conduct as described in the Local Government Act 1995 and Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2021.