Strathfield Council is committed to high standards of ethical behaviour in the care, control and management of the Strathfield Local Government Area. Strathfield's Councillors, Council staff, volunteers and Council delegates are expected to serve the community with integrity and honesty and deliver services efficiently and impartially.
Councillors, staff, volunteers and delegates are required to observe the highest standards of honesty and loyalty to the Council and avoid any form of conduct that would bring Council, Councillors, staff, volunteers or Council delegates into disrepute.
The Local Government Act 1993 requires every council to adopt a code of conduct that incorporates the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW. Strathfield Council has adopted the Model Code of Conduct with additional requirements specific to Council.
Councillors, employees, volunteers and delegates of Council
Councillors, members of Council staff, volunteers and delegates of the Council must comply with the provisions of Council's Code of Conduct. It is the personal responsibility of Council officials to comply with the standards in the Code and regularly review their personal circumstances with this in mind. Council's contractors and business partners are also expected to observe the relevant provisions of Council's Code of Conduct.
Failure by a Councillor to comply with an applicable requirement of Council's Code of Conduct constitutes misbehaviour. Failure by a member of staff to comply with Council's Code of Conduct may give rise to disciplinary action.
Lobbying of Councillors
Independent Commission Against Commission (ICAC) has released a publication on ‘Lobbying Local Government Councillors’. This publication provides guidance on conduct of Councillors in regard to development applications and tendering processes.