Northern Territory Code of Conduct for Ministers and Members proposed by the Country Liberal Party August 2006
Tabled paper 603
Tabled papers for 10th Assembly 2005 - 2008; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled By Jodeen Carney
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Country Liberal Party Proposed Northern Territory Ministers and Members Code of Conduct Ministers have responsibility for the operations and performance of their Departments and Agencies in accordance with the provisions of the Public Sector Employment and Management Act and the Financial Management Act. Ministers will establish with their senior Departmental and Agency managers a mutual understanding of their respective roles and relationships and will agree on priorities, directions, targets and expected levels of performance and evaluation of performance. Personal intimate relationships between Ministers and Executive staff of the Departments and Agencies for which they have direct responsibility are prohibited and must be declared. Ministers will inform the Chief Minister, or in the case of the Chief Minister, Cabinet, of any intimate relationship with a member of the Departmental Executive staff. 5.3 Caretaker Period All Ministers will act within the terms of the caretaker convention during an election period (as defined under the NT Electoral Act 2004). In this period, the Government will not make any new significant appointments, enter into new major contracts or undertakings that would bind an incoming Government, or embark on any new policy initiatives that would bind an incoming Government. In cases where it is not practicable or possible to defer a matter, the Government should consult with the Opposition before taking any action. Ministers will recognise that breach of this convention would justify an incoming Government reviewing any such contract or undertaking. Ministers should be aware of any guidelines relating to their staff in the pre- and post-election period; Ministers should support their staffs compliance with any such guidelines. 6. INTEGRITY Ministers and Members will at all times seek to advance the common good of the community that they serve, in recognition that public office involves a public trust. In particular, Ministers will ensure that their official powers or position are not used improperly for personal advantage, and that any conflict between personal interests and public duty which may arise is resolved in favour of the public interest. Ministers are to ensure that publicly funded publicity that they arrange or approve is relevant to Government responsibilities and is not party political. 6 .1 Ministers and Members' Private Interests A Minister or Member will not knowingly use his or her position, or information gained as a result of that position, for the improper gain of the Minister or Member, the Ministers or Members close relatives, or of any other person. A Minister or Member should take all reasonable steps to avoid situations in which his or her private interests, whether pecuniary or otherwise, materially conflict, or have the potential to so conflict, with his or her public duty. Page 7 of 12