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CODES OF CONDUCT: FOR COUNCIL OFFICERS

The council’s Chief Executive officer is required to develop and implement a code of conduct for council officers. This is specified in Section 95AA of the Local Government Act 1989.

WHY IS A CODE OF CONDUCT IMPORTANT FOR OFFICERS?

Codes of conduct help councils and the administration think about their culture and articulate the desired standards of good behaviour. Preparing a code of conduct is an opportunity for Chief Executive Officers (CEO) and council staff to think about what conduct issues are important for them. Good processes for preparation and review help raise awareness and ownership of the code.

Codes of conduct also clearly state the consequences of any breaches of conduct. Council staff who do not comply with the code of conduct may be subject to disciplinary action or even dismissal.

Local Government Victoria has published a framework for the development and review of council staff codes of conduct which is available from their website. This framework is designed to help CEOs and other council officers develop and implement codes of conduct.

FACT

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

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