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Councillor Code of Conduct

Version 9.3

Preamble

The Council of the City of Casey comprises three Administrators appointed by the Minister for Local Government in adherence with the Local Government Act 2020.

Administrators are appointed in place of elected Councillors to October 2024. All references to Councillors in this document equally refers to the Administrators. All references to Mayor in this document refers to the Chair Administrator.

Introduction

This Code of Conduct sets the standards of conduct, behaviour and commitments of Councillors at the City of Casey.

Statement – Casey Councillors

Councillors are leaders elected to Council to provide vision, strategic direction and to make policy decisions for the benefit of the whole community. In doing so, Councillors will:

  • Strive at all times to achieve continuous improvement in performance and outcomes for the City of Casey
  • Encourage a positive culture focused on results and high-quality customer service
  • Adopt straight forward and effective customer focused approaches to governance, to minimise inefficient processes and red tape.

Our Community Vision

The City of Casey’s vision is ‘Creating Australia’s Most Liveable City’.

In 2016, City of Casey conducted its biggest ever community engagement project, Casey Next, to gain a deeper insight into what the community needs and expects from Council. The Council Plan 2017-21 sets out the organisations goals, objectives and strategies to achieve and contribute to realising Council’s long-term vision. Each year we ask our community what matters to them most to deliver on the priorities and ensure that Casey families can live, work and play in a place that they are proud of.

Statement of Acknowledgement

The City of Casey proudly acknowledges the traditional owners, Casey’s Aboriginal communities and their rich culture and pays respect to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge Aboriginal people as Australia’s first peoples and as the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we work and live.

Statement of Diversity 

The City of Casey is home to remarkable diversity with many cultures, languages, faiths and communities of worship, ages, LGBTIQ+ identities, and landscapes together forming our rich and dynamic community story. From our first Australians to our most recent arrivals and every wave between, the City of Casey welcomes and represents all community members and their respective ambitions to live healthy, rewarding, and happy lives. We recognise this diversity as our strength and we aim to share, nurture, and celebrate it.

An Inclusive Organisation

Casey City Council is an inclusive organisation committed to fairness and equality for all community members. Council recognises and works to address the historical and systemic barriers experienced by certain populations including women and girls, new arrivals and those with limited cultural and language proficiency, LGBTIQ+ communities, those living with a disability and those experiencing economic and social disadvantage.

Purpose and intent

The purpose of local government is to provide a system under which Councils perform the functions and exercise the powers conferred by or under the Local Government Act 2020 and any other Act for the peace, order and good governance of their municipal districts. Good governance relies on good working relations between councillors.

This code:

  • specifies the agreed standards of conduct and behaviour required by Councillors for the ethical and professional performance of duties under Section 139 of the Local Government Act 2020 (the Act)
  • demonstrates Councillor commitment to working together in the best interest of the people within Casey, and to perform their responsibilities to their best of their skill and judgement
  • mandates councillor conduct designed to build public confidence in the integrity of local government.

Scope

This Code applies to all Administrators appointed to the City of Casey.

Councillors will adhere to all relevant laws, regulations and policies, and in particular, this Code should be read in conjunction with the relevant legislation and council documents referenced in this document.

Definitions

Administrators means the individuals appointed to City of Casey by the Minister for Local Government. In this document, Councillor / Councillors also refers to Administrators.

Council

means Casey City Council, being a body corporate constituted as a municipal Council under the Local Government Act 1989

Councillors

means the individuals holding the office of a member of Casey City Council

Council officer

means the Chief Executive Officer and staff of Council appointed by the Chief Executive Officer.

Mayor means the individual holding the office of Mayor of Casey City Councillor. In this document, Chair Administrator also refers to Mayor.

Relevant Council documents

Please see the attachment for the full Councillor Code of Conduct