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CODES OF CONDUCT

Codes of conduct for both councillors and staff are required under the Local Government Act 1989. They help councils identify and agree on the desired standard of behavior. They also clearly state the consequences of any breaches of the code. Having good codes of conduct that are understood and supported by councillors and council staff is important for good governance.

This section briefly looks at councillor and staff codes of conduct, their impact on good governance and how alleged breaches are dealt with.

About codes of conduct

Codes of conduct help councillors agree on what constitutes good conduct.

Codes of conduct need to be ‘owned’.

Staff codes of conduct help administrations articulate required standards of behaviour.

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