The City of Stirling has introduced a Code of Conduct and Statement of Business Ethics to prevent misconduct, corruption and fraud, and has also established a dedicated hotline for reporting alleged cases: 9345 8990.
Code of Conduct and Statement of Business Ethics
The City of Stirling is serious about preventing misconduct, corruption and fraud, and has introduced a Code of Conduct for staff in their dealings with the community and others, and a Statement of Business Ethics to manage our relations with suppliers.
Code of Conduct
The City’s Code of conduct for City officers covers the following topics:
- Ethical decision making
- Obligations and responsibilities of managers
- Appropriate and inappropriate behaviour with colleagues
- Ethical interactions with the community
- Professional standards of appearance, confidentiality and appointments
- Use of City resources, including intellectual property and discretionary expenses.
Statement of Business Ethics
A Statement of business ethics has also been introduced to outline the expectations of providers of goods and services. These include:
- Complying with all Australian laws
- Understanding the City’s policies, guidelines and procedures on purchasing
- Providing accurate and reliable advice and information when required
- Declaring actual or perceived conflicts of interest as soon as practicable
- Dealing ethically, fairly and honestly
- Taking all reasonable measures to prevent disclosure of confidential information
- Not engaging in any form of collusion, especially with City employees
- Not discussing City business or information with the media
- Reporting any unethical practices in business relationships.
It also includes information on the City’s commitment to ethical dealings with providers, and what can be expected from us, such as:
- Using public resources effectively and efficiently
- Dealing with all individuals and organisations in a fair, honest and ethical manner
- Avoiding any conflicts of interest (whether real or perceived)
- Never seeking gifts or other personal benefits
- Treating all suppliers impartially and fairly, and giving equal access to information to assist with quotations, tendering or supply
- Fully and clearly documented procurements for an effective audit trail, allowing for effective performance reviews of contracts
- As far as reasonably possible, purchasing energy-efficient equipment, environmentally-friendly products, and products containing recycled materials, taking into account value for money
- Not requesting tenders unless the City has a firm commitment to proceed to contract (however, the Council reserves the right not to proceed with any tender so advertised)
- Not disclosing confidential or proprietary information.
Reporting misconduct, corruption and fraud
The City of Stirling has established a dedicated hotline for reporting alleged improper or corrupt activity involving City officers.
All reports will be fully investigated by the City and treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Persons disclosing misconduct or corruption-related matters are protected from reprisal or detrimental action by the Corruption and Crime Commission Act 2003 and other ‘whistleblower’ protection laws.
City of Stirling Misconduct, Corruption and Fraud Hotline
Hotline: 9345 8990