Code of Conduct and CEO Standards

On 3 February 2021, the following regulations took effect implementing the remaining provisions of the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019:

Code of Conduct for Elected Members, Committee Members and Candidates

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

Click here to view the new Model Code.

At the 23 March 2021 Ordinary Meeting of Council a new Code of Conduct to be observed by Elected Members, Committee Members and Candidates that incorporates the Model Code was adopted.  

Administration proposed some minor amendments to the Model Code Division 3 (Behaviours) to incorporate behaviours referred to in the 2017 Code. The Code of Conduct (with the additions in mark-up) is here, with Administration’s proposed additions summarised below: 

  • An “Introduction” (purpose of a code of conduct) and “Organisational Values” section have been inserted on the page before the Code of Conduct – this is generally based on the 2017 Code but updated to reflect the new legislation. 
  • Clause 8(2)(c) – A council member or committee member - must ensure they are as informed as possible about matters relating to their role
  • Clause 9(a) – a council member, committee member or candidate must not intimidate, bully or harass another person in any way. 
  • Clause 9(f) - a council member, committee member or candidate must treat others with respect and fairness. 
  • Clause 10(g) - When attending a council or committee meeting, a council member, committee member or candidate must base decisions on relevant and factually correct information

Click here to view the new Code of Conduct for Elected Members, Committee Members and Candidates.

Employee Code Regulations

The conduct of Elected Members, committee members, the CEO, employees and contractors was previously governed by the City’s Code of Conduct 2017 (2017 Code). 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.

Until such time the City’s Code of Conduct 2017 (2017 Code) will still apply and has been renamed the Code of Conduct for City of Vincent Employees and Contractors.  This must be observed by the CEO, employees and contractors. 

Click here to view the Code of Conduct for City of Vincent Employees and Contractors.

CEO 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 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 23 March 2021 Ordinary Meeting of Council, the CEO Standards were adopted.

The City’s CEO Annual Performance Review Policy (No. 4.2.16) covers the key provisions contained in the CEO Standards.

Click here to view the CEO Standards.

More Information

Contact the City on 9273 6000 or email mail@vincent.wa.gov.au.

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