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12 Oct - 26 Oct 2022Register Now

Professional ethics

Navigating the grey zone as a councillor

This is a practical four-hour course, delivered over two sessions (two x two-hour sessions held two weeks apart)

Course aim:
The purpose of this course is to walk councillors through an ethical decision-making process applicable to real situations.

Most people want to act ethically - rehearsing what you would say and do increases the likelihood of making ethical decisions.

This is a practical three-hour course, delivered over two sessions.

Part 1 - Professional ethics and local government
By the end of the first two hours you will have:

  • A better understanding of situations requiring professional ethics in a local government context.
  • Deeper appreciation of how professional ethics makes council decision making more effective.
  • Accessed an evidence-based process for ethical decision making.
  • Gained practical experience by walking through a set of real scenarios.
  • Strengthened your ability to see which situations have an ethical dimension to them.
  • Debunked common misperceptions about ethical decision making.

Part 2 - Professional ethics in action
By the end of this one hour session you will have:

  • Shared your observations of professional decision-making in the places you encounter as a councillor and member of other organisations.
  • Identified the key points of the council business cycle requiring professional ethics.
  • Heard from from former councillors about their experience of decision-making in the "grey zone".
  • Know the process for reporting unethical conduct.

Who should attend?
This series is designed to benefit experienced and recently elected councillors and mayors.

This program will be conducted as an interactive session. You will explore the key concepts through activities, illustrative examples, and case studies. Come ready to think and participate actively!