Code of Conduct

There is a need for clear guidelines to assist in day-to-day operations and decision making and to clarify the distinct and separate roles of Elected Members and employees. The employees Code of Conduct provides these guidelines and the Elected Members Code of Conduct sets out the principles of good conduct and standards of behaviour which are expected of the Elected Members of the City of Onkaparinga.

Council's Code of Practice relates to the public access to council and council committee meetings and council documents.

Elected members

The Code of Conduct is made accessible in accordance with section 63 of the Local Government Act 1999. Elected members of the City of Onkaparinga must com ply with the provisions of the Code of Conduct in carrying out their functions as a public officials. It is the responsibility of elected members to ensure that they are familiar with, and comply with, the standards in the Code at all times.

PDF icon png Code of Conduct - Elected Members (273K)
PDF icon png Procedure for investigating complaints under the Code of Conduct for Elected Members (541K)

As per the Code of Conduct for Elected Members where an Elected Member receives a gift or benefit of more than $100, details of each gift must be recorded within a Gifts and Benefits Register maintained and updated quarterly by the Council’s Chief Executive Officer. This Register is also available for inspection at the Principal Office of the Council.

PDF icon png Elected Member gifts and benefits register (51K)

Under section 70(a1) of the Local Government Act 1999 the Council must publish on its website the following information in relation to each Elected Member contained in the Register.

  • The Elected Member’s income sources or employer.
  • The name of any political party, any body or association formed for political purposes or any trade or professional association of which the Elected Member is a member
  • Any gifts received by the Elected Member that are required to be included in the Register.

This Register is also available for inspection at the Principal Office of the Council.

PDF icon png Elected Member register of interests (71K)

Council employees

All council employees have obligations under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA) and other legislation which must be met. Specific legislative responsibilities for some employees may be referred to in a position description or a particular profession may demand compliance with some legislation. There is a need for clear guidelines to assist in day-to-day operations and decision-making and to clarify the distinct and separate roles of elected members and employees.

Section 110 of the Local Government Act provides that the Governor may, by regulation, prescribe a code of conduct to be observed by employees of the Council. Accordingly, a Code of conduct for employees is prescribed in Schedule 2A of the Local Government (General) Regulations 2013. The prescribed code requires gifts and benefits that are of a value greater than an amount determined by the Minister to be included on a register on the council's website. This amount has been determined by notice in the Gazette to be $50. The register is also available for inspection at the principal office of the Council.

PDF icon png Code of Conduct - gifts and benefits

The City of Onkaparinga has developed an additional code of conduct which sets out broader behavioural expectations for all employees. Employees of the City of Onkaparinga are expected to behave in a way which conforms to the highest standards of integrity, responsibility and fair dealing in the workplace, the Council Chamber, and in relations with the community and one another.

PDF icon png Code of Conduct - employee behaviour (272K)

When read in conjunction with Council’s administrative policies and procedures, these Codes of Conduct provide the guidelines within which all council employees are required to operate.

 

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