Codes of Conduct and Rules of Conduct
Code of Conduct
A Code of Conduct is a legislative requirement under the Local Government Act 1995 and is to be observed by Elected Members, Committee Members and employees. Having good codes of conduct that are understood and supported is critical for good governance.
The City has adopted three Codes of Conduct:
Conduct issues covered by the Code range from:
- Misuse of position;
- Conflict of Interest and Gifts and Benefits;
- Accessing Confidential Information;
- Improper direction or influence;
- Use of Council resources and facilities; and
- Reporting suspected breaches of the Code.
Elected Members are also required to abide by the Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007, the purpose of which is to deal with certain types of individual misconduct by Elected Members. Complaints against Elected Members are categorised as minor or serious.
Further information inclusive of how to make a complaint is available on the Department of Local Government and Communities website.
Rules of Conduct
The Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007 applies to complaints about an Elected Member of the City of Wanneroo Council arising from an alleged breach of the Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007, made by members of the public other Elected Members. The legislation specifies rules which are intended to prevent Elected Members engaging in inappropriate behaviour such as securing personal advantage, misusing local government resources and improper conduct. The Local Government Standards Panel deals with breaches of these rules of conduct.
The Register of Complaints prescribed under Section 5.121(3) of the Local Government Act 1995 is available by clicking below:
The following censure orders have been made by the Standards Panel: