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Code of Conduct for Employees

Council of the City of Gold Coast's Code of Conduct for employees recognises their roles under the Local Government Act 2009 in service to the community.

The Code is based on the principles contained in the Local Government Act 2009 and the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 and on our shared corporate values. It applies to all employees, regardless of employment status, role or position.

Download and view the Code of Conduct for Employees.

In general terms, the Code promotes four key ethical principles:

1. Integrity and impartiality

Aims to build community trust and confidence in the public sector by operating to the highest ethical standards. Includes things like declaring conflicts of interest, ensuring all decisions are fair and transparent, proper conduct when being offered gifts or benefits and contributing to a discrimination and harassment-free workplace.

2. Promoting the public good

Recognises that local government is the mechanism by which elected representatives deliver programs and services for the benefit of the community. This principle promotes excellence in customer service, fair and consistent treatment of suppliers, high standards of accountability for the use of public money and the lawful use of intellectual property.

3. Commitment to the system of government

This principle recognises our duty to uphold the system of government and associated laws. This includes acting within the law, acting in accordance with delegations and complying with the required privacy standards.

4. Accountability and transparency

This principle promotes a high standard of public administration through the proper use of Council assets, diligence, care and attention in our day-to-day work duties and individual commitment to working arrangements, continual professional development and workplace health and safety.

Responsible reporting of corrupt conduct

Corrupt conduct in Council cannot, and will not, be tolerated. Council encourages its Councillors, staff and the community to report such matters.

Council will ensure that reports are dealt with in a prompt, professional and confidential manner. Reports may be made confidentially and anonymously if desired, to the Integrity and Ethical Standards Unit on 07 5581 7468.

There are a number of forms of protection available for any person, who reports to an appropriate authority, an honest and reasonable belief of misconduct or fraud. Information about those protections can be discussed with the Integrity and Ethical Standards Unit.

Further information

Integrity and Ethical Standards Unit
Phone: 07 5581 7468
Email: IESU@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

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