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Draft Ethical Behaviour Policies


On 24 October 2018 Council resolved to place the following draft policy documents on public exhibition:

  • Fraud and Corruption Control Policy
  • Gifts and Benefits Policy
  • Public Interest Disclosures Policy

The draft Fraud and Corruption Control Policy revises Council’s existing Fraud and Corruption Prevention Policy by reflecting the structure and recommended content of the Sample Fraud Control Policy published by the Audit Office of NSW. The draft policy has been developed to affirm Council’s zero tolerance approach to fraud and corruption and outline Council’s approach to fraud and corruption control within the themes of prevention, detection and response.

The draft Gifts and Benefits Policy revises Council’s existing policy and incorporates relevant provisions of the Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW that was released on 3 September 2018 and will soon be prescribed by regulation. The draft policy has been developed to ensure that Council officials and suppliers to Council are made aware of their obligations and responsibilities concerning the offer or acceptance of any gift or benefit, and to provide guidance to Council officials in identifying, assessing and managing offers of gifts or benefits to ensure that they do not constitute or are perceived to constitute corrupt conduct.

The draft Public Interest Disclosures Policy revises Council’s existing policy to ensure consistency with the Model Internal Reporting Policy for Local Government published by the NSW Ombudsman. The draft policy has been developed to detail the internal reporting system for Councillors and staff to report wrongdoing without fear of reprisal, and meets Council’s obligations under section 6D of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994.

Each of these draft policy documents is supported by an internal operational procedure or plan to guide Councillors and staff in implementing the policies. As these are operational documents they are not on public exhibition but instead will be approved under delegation by the General Manager once the draft policies are subsequently adopted by Council.


Friday 26 October to Friday 23 November 2018.


You are invited to inspect the draft policies by using the links below.


To make a submission, please:

  • Email to mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au, write to Wingecarribee Shire Council, PO Box 141, Moss Vale NSW 2577 or deliver by hand to 68 Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale during Council’s business hours
  • Include your name and contact details
  • Ensure it is received by Council by 4.30pm on Friday 23 November 2018

Please note that any submissions received may be made publicly available under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. Please let Council staff know if you would like your identity to be suppressed. 

For further information, please contact the Corporate Strategy and Governance team on (02) 4868 0888.

Draft Fraud and Corruption Control Policy (PDF, 112kB)
Draft Gifts and Benefits Policy (PDF, 95kB)
Draft Public Interest Disclosures Policy (PDF, 117kB)

Last Updated: October 26th, 2018
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