Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct provides Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates of the Shire of Derby / West Kimberley with the minimum standard of professional conduct and behaviour in carrying out their functions and responsibilities.

The Council of the Shire of Derby / West Kimberley is the elected body responsible for the administration of the Shire in the best interests of its residents. The Council is committed to providing open, responsive and accountable government. The Local Government Act 1995 requires every Western Australian local government to prepare and adopt a code of conduct to be observed by Council Members, Committee Members (and Candidates where applicable).

The Code addresses ethical responsibility and encourages greater transparency and accountability. It encourages a commitment to ethical and professional behaviour and outlines principles upon which individual and collective local government behaviours are to be based. The Code should be read in conjunction with the Local Government Act 1995 and other legislation that affect Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates. The Code does not override or affect those provisions or requirements.

The Code is complementary to the principles adopted in the Local Government Act 1995 which incorporate four fundamental aims:

  1. Better decision making by local governments;
  2. Greater community participation in the decisions and affairs of local governments;
  3. Greater accountability of local governments to their communities; and
  4. More efficient and effective local government in order to ensure that the Code remains current and relevant, it will be reviewed and presented to Council for readoption no more than three months after each Ordinary Council Election.

Related information:

Code of Conduct for Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates
C10 Code of Conduct Behaviour Complaints Management Policy
C10 Code of Conduct Complaint About Alleged Breach Form