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Code of Conduct

As the capital city local government authority for Western Australia, the City of Perth is responsible for providing effective and high-quality government for residents, ratepayers and visitors, as mandated in the Local Government Act 1995 and City of Perth Act 2016.

Code of Conduct for Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates

The City of Perth adopted a new principles-based Code of Conduct for Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates at the Ordinary Council Meeting held 15 December 2020. 
This Code reflects recent and imminent changes to legislation, and is based on the principles of – 

  • accountability;
  • personal integrity; and
  • effective working relationships with others.

It establishes standards and principles that outline the expected behaviours and relevant legal responsibilities for each appointed and prospective elected member, committee member and candidate. It facilitates the delivery of good governance by Council and the Chief Executive Officer by supporting:

  • Decision making processes that are responsible, inclusive, participatory and representative and deliver outcomes which are in the best interests of community and our stakeholders.
  • Developing and strengthening public trust in the integrity of the City and local government.
  • Strong, effective relationships between Councillors, committee members, candidates, the CEO, and employees of the City based on clear roles and responsibilities and shared principles.

This Code focuses on principles and gives general guidance, rather than detailed policies and procedures. It does not describe every requirement of legislation, policies, and procedures, or all rights and obligations that would ordinarily apply under law. It is to be read in conjunction with the LG Act, its subsidiary legislation and the Perth Act.

Council Policy 10.1 Code of Conduct 

The conduct of the City’s employees is currently governed by Council Policy 10.1 Code of Conduct, however a new principles-based Code of Conduct for Employees is currently being developed by the City’s Administration.

The Code of Conduct for Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates prevails over Council Policy 10.1 Code of Conduct in relation to the conduct of council members.