Woollahra Council is committed to fair dealing and high standards of ethical behaviour in the care, control and management of the Woollahra Municipality. The community places its trust in Woollahra's Councillors, Council staff and Council delegates to ensure that they serve it faithfully and honestly and that they manage its resources on its behalf.
The community is entitled to expect that the business of Council will be conducted with efficiency, impartiality and integrity and that the public will always have absolute priority over private interests.
Councillors, staff and delegates are required to observe the highest standards of honesty and loyalty to the Council and avoid any form of conduct that would bring Council, Councillors, staff or Council delegates into disrepute.
The Local Government Act 1993 requires every council to adopt a code of conduct that incorporates the provisions of The Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW. The Division of Local Government released a new Model Code of Conduct framework in December 2012 to come into effect from 1 March 2013. The new framework includes:
On 18 February 2013 Woollahra Council adopted the new Model Code of Conduct and the Procedures for the Administration of the Model Code of Conduct.
Council's Code of Conduct contains all of the provisions of the Model Code and additional requirements specific to Woollahra Council. The additional provisions have been developed with the assistance of Councillors and staff to help deal with ethical problems that may be encountered during their work at Council or as a representative of Council.
Councillors, members of Council staff and delegates of the Council must comply with the provisions of Council's Code of Conduct. It is the personal responsibility of Council officials to comply with the standards in the Code and regularly review their personal circumstances with this in mind. Council contractors, volunteers and community representatives on Council's sub-committees and working parties are also required to observe the relevant provisions of Council's Code of Conduct.
Failure by a Councillor to comply with an applicable requirement of Council's Code of Conduct constitutes misbehaviour. Failure by a member of staff to comply with Council's Code of Conduct may give rise to disciplinary action.
The Accountability and Role Structure diagram details the break up between the Councillors and Staff reporting and decision making responsibilities.
Contractors, consultants and suppliers dealing with Council are required to maintain a standard of professional behaviour that maintains and promotes confidence and trust in the work of Council within the Municipality.
Council has prepared a Guide for Contractors, Consultants and Suppliers that advises contractors, consultants and suppliers of Council's high ethical standards and requirements and their obligation to conduct business with Council in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Conduct.
Volunteering is a great opportunity to contribute to the local community, make new friends, develop new skills and have fun!
Volunteers are required to maintain a standard of professional behaviour that maintains and promotes confidence and trust in the work of Council within the Municipality.
A Guide for Volunteers has been produced to provide an outline of our Code of Conduct requirements and how the Code applies to volunteers.
While participating in Council matters, community representatives on sub-committees and working parties are required to maintain the same high standards of professional behaviour that maintains and promotes confidence and trust in the work of Council within the Municipality.
Council has prepared a "Code of Conduct - A Guide for Community Representatives" that advises community representatives of the Council's conduct requirements.