Code of Conduct
Council adopted its current Code of Conduct for Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates at the Ordinary Council Meeting held 27 April 2021. The Code incorporates and builds upon the model code of conduct for council members, committee members and candidates prescribed by the Local Government (Model Code of Conduct) Regulations 2021, and is based on the principles of:
- personal integrity; and
- relationships with others.
It outlines the expected behaviours and relevant legal responsibilities for each appointed and prospective council member, committee member and candidate, and facilitates the delivery of good governance by supporting:
- Decision making processes that are responsible, inclusive, participatory and representative and deliver outcomes which are in the best interests of community and our stakeholders;
- Developing and strengthening public trust in the integrity of the Town and local government; and
- Strong, effective relationships between Councillors, committee members, candidates, the CEO, and employees of the Town based on clear roles and responsibilities and shared principles.
Breaches of the behavioural requirements
Alleged breaches of the behavioural requirements of the Code are dealt with by the Town. The Town can only deal with an alleged breach if a formal complaint is made:
- using the ‘Complaint about alleged breach of the code of conduct for council members, committee members and candidate’ form
- to the person authorised to receive these complaints – The Chief Executive Oficer; and
- within one month of the alleged breach occurring.
To make a formal complaint, submit a completed ‘Complaint about alleged breach of the code of conduct for council members, committee members and candidate’ form via mail to:
Chief Executive Officer
Town of Cambridge
Mail: PO Box 15
Floreat WA 6014
Complaints of this nature are to be dealt with by the Town in accordance with the Local Government (Model Code of Conduct) Regulations 2021 (the “Model Code Regulations”), this Code of Conduct, and any relevant policies and procedures adopted by Council.
A complaint may withdrawn at anytime however, and must be done so in writing or by using the withdrawal form at the bottom of the page.
Breaches of the rules of conduct
Failure to act in accordance with the rules of conduct or Meeting Procedures Local Law 2019 may constitute a minor breach under the Local Government Act 1995.
If you or any other person has reason to believe a minor breach has occurred, the matter may be referred to the CEO by completing a minor breach complaint form with all supporting evidence. Complaints of this nature may be forwarded to the Local Government Standards Panel (Standards Panel) for determination. Complaints must be made within six months of the alleged breach.
Further information about making a minor breach complaint (including the minor breach complaint form) is available on the 'Make a minor breach complaint' page of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ website.
You may choose only one of the two above options.