Council employees are required by law to adhere to employee compliance measures which are in place to ensure an ethical and regulated workplace.
Employee gifts and benefits
While it is recommended Council employees refuse any gift or benefit, there are circumstances where a gift or benefit is permitted to be accepted by an employee. Once accepted, a gift or benefit will need to be recorded in Council's Employee Gifts and Benefits Register.
Council employees are required by law to refuse any gift or benefit if:
- It is given in an attempt to influence, or
- If receiving it would, in the mind of a reasonable person, be perceived that it would prevent the receiver’s ability to act impartially.
This is regulated under Section 119A of the Local Government Act 1999 which provides guidelines on receiving gifts and benefits while representing Council.
Employee integrity and behaviour
When carrying out their roles, employees are required to comply with the rules and standards set out in Section 109 of the Local Government Act 1999 and relative internal documents.
Failure to comply with employee integrity and behaviour standards can have serious consequences. If you think there has been a breach, you may make a complaint following the Complaint Handling Process.