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Consultation on drafts of the new Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW and Procedures

The Office of Local Government (OLG) is consulting with councils and other stakeholders on changes to the Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW (the Model Code of Conduct) and the Procedures for the Administration of the Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW (the Procedures).

The Phase 1 amendments made to the Local Government Act 1993 late last year will see the pecuniary interest provisions of the Act and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 incorporated into the Model Code of Conduct. Once commenced, these reforms will consolidate the prescription of all ethical standards for council officials into a single statutory instrument.

As part of the process of implementing the Phase 1 amendments, OLG has undertaken a review of the Model Code of Conduct and the Procedures. In doing so, OLG has sought the views of councils and other stakeholders on the ethical standards prescribed under the Model Code of Conduct, the operation of the Procedures and the current regime for disclosure of interests under section 449 of the Act.

 

Having considered submissions, OLG has prepared consultation drafts of the new Model Code of Conduct and Procedures. OLG is seeking the views of councils and other stakeholders on the consultation drafts prior to finalising the new Model Code of Conduct and Procedures.

Links to the consultation drafts of the Model Code of Conduct and the Procedures can be found on the ‘Related Downloads’ section on this webpage.

The proposed amendments to the Model Code of Conduct and Procedures are highlighted in bold type in the consultation drafts. These amendments are designed to update, clarify and enhance prescribed ethical standards, to address issues identified in the four years the current versions of the Model Code of Conduct and Procedures have been in force and to improve their operation.

The new Model Code of Conduct and Procedures will also contain new provisions that are designed to improve ethical standards, more effectively deter non-compliance and lead to improved transparency and accountability.

Submissions can be made by email to olg@olg.nsw.gov.au. Submissions should be labelled “Code of Conduct Consultation” and marked to the attention of OLG’s Council Governance Team.

Submissions should be made before Monday 4 December 2017.

 

For further information, contact OLG’s Council Governance Team on (02) 4428 4100 or via email olg@olg.nsw.gov.au.

 

All submissions are a matter of public record and will be made available for public inspection upon request. Submissions may contain information that is defined as ‘personal information’ under the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. Submissions will be handled in accordance with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act, 1998 and the requirements of the Act will be followed for the collection, use, storage and disclosure of personal information contained in the submissions. The Office reserves the right to withhold submissions which it considerers to be defamatory, offensive or otherwise not in the public interest to release.

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