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Department of Premier and Cabinet

High ethical standards

When you act with high ethical standards you will exhibit all of the characteristics of good governance. Ethics are standards of behaviour that set out what people ought to do, and are primarily focussed on behaviours and actions. Having and acting in line with high ethical standards means that you are accountable, transparent, law-abiding, responsive, equitable and inclusive, participatory and consensus oriented.

In any public role, ethics are critical to ensuring that you are acting in the public interest. As an elected member, your role is to represent and serve your community.  Operating ethically and with integrity is part of being effective in your role and providing value to the community.

Unethical behaviour can lead to a loss of trust in you as an individual and a loss of confidence in the council as a whole. Public trust, once lost, can be difficult to regain.

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