Code of Conduct & CEO Standards

Model Code

The recently gazetted Local Government (Model Code of Conduct) Regulations 2021, introduce a mandatory code of conduct for Elected Members, committee members and candidates.

The Model Code Regulations provide for:

  • overarching principles to guide behaviour;
  • behaviours which are managed by local governments; and
  • rules of conduct breaches which are considered by the Standards Panel

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 21st April 2021, the model Code of Conduct was adopted.

Code of Conduct for Councillors, Committee Members and Candidates

Employee Code Regulations

The effect of the new Regulations is to require separate codes of conduct for employees, contractors and the CEO on one hand and Elected Members, committee members and candidates on the other.  

A new Employee and Contractor Code of Conduct is being developed by Administration and (in accordance with the Employee Code Regulations) will be approved and implemented by the CEO.

Model Standards

The CEO Standards amend the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 to prescribe model standards for the recruitment, selection, performance review and termination of Local Government CEOs.

In addition to prescribing minimum requirements for these processes, the CEO Standards will also require Local Governments to advertise the position of CEO if a period of 10 or more years has elapsed since a recruitment process has been carried out.

Key provisions include:

  • recruitment of CEOs - selection criteria, job description, advertising the vacancy, selection panel,
  • contract of employment, mandatory advertising after 10 years of incumbency,
  • performance review of CEO
  • termination of CEO

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 17th March 2021,The Model Standards were adopted.

CEO Model Standards