Code of Conduct for Councillors

Council officials play a vital role in serving local communities. To do this effectively, they need to uphold the highest standards of behaviour to ensure communities have trust and confidence in Local Government.

The standards of behaviour are described in detail in the Model Code of Conduct. The Code is a legal document that all officials are obliged to understand and follow. The Model Code forms the basis of each council’s code of conduct.

At the conclusion of the workshop participants should be able to:

  • know the requirements set out in the Model Code of Conduct
  • identify Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary conflicts of interest
  • understand the principles and processes for managing conflicts of interest
  • recognise the responsibility to promote organisational integrity and accountability

Who should attend

Councillors and senior staff.


  • Public/private duality
  • Types of conflict of interest
  • Pecuniary conflicts of interest
    • Pecuniary interest of relatives and associates, managing pecuniary interests, lodging returns, CI, meeting practice, breaches
  • Non Pecuniary conflicts of interest
    • Managing them, political donations, personal benefit
    • Relationship between council officials and access to information, council buildings etc
    • committee, councillor misbehaviour
    • Reporting breaches, complaint handling procedures, conduct review committee, councillor misbehaviour
    • Roles of the DLG, ICAC, PIDT etc


The facilitator will use group discussions, council case studies and Local Government oriented examples, to help you transfer your learning to the workplace.