Unfortunately, another NSW politician was recently asked to step down from the Ministry and referred to ICAC. Allegations suggest he breached his Code of Conduct and its conflict of interest provisions. This incident comes only a month after ICAC’s Operation Keppel uncovered seriously corrupt conduct by the former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. She failed to disclose personal interests that could have influenced the performance of her public duty.
In response to the risks identified during their investigation, Operation Keppel has proposed some corruption prevention recommendations as identified in the ICAC investigation. The first two recommendations are as follows:
Centium plans to include these highly relevant and appropriate principles of public life in our Code of Conduct training program for both elected and professional individuals working in NSW state and local governments:
At Centium, our training programs use practical and engaging scenarios to help participants understand and recognise potential conflicts of interest. Here are some examples of scenarios:
Council is considering nominating community members to an advisory panel. One of the candidates contributed $2000 in June 2021 to your last political campaign. Do you have a conflict of interest? If so, what type?
A friend you have known for eight years through your previous workplace recently becomes a supplier to your Workplace. They send you a bunch of flowers to your home. What should you do?
Council is considering a draft Local Environmental Plan. You live in the LGA. Do you have a conflict? If so, what type? What about if you also own three investment properties in the LGA? Do you need to make a disclosure?
If you would like to explore how Centium’s Learning and Development specialists can ensure that your staff and elected members understand how to identify and declare conflicts of interest under your Code of Conduct, please reach out to Sarah Artist, our Senior Manager at email@example.com.