Our statement of business ethics has been developed specifically to clarify the expectations of all the people and organisations that we do business with.
This Statement of Business Ethics has been developed specifically to clarify AlburyCity’s expectations of all the people and organisations that Council does business with.
AlburyCity is committed to the highest ethical standards and prefers to conduct business with people and organisations who share that commitment.
Our community expects superior standards of ethical and professional conduct from Councillors, delegates and employees who are required to comply with Council’s Code of Conduct. This Code provides strict guidance regarding procurement activities and general behaviour.
AlburyCity’s suppliers, tenderers, contractors, consultants and their employees, agents, partners, and sub-contractors, must take reasonable steps to ensure The Statement of Business Ethics is communicated, understood and complied with.
Unauthorised communication/lobbying is defined to include seeking to influence, seeking to obtain the support and/or assistance of Councillors or Council employees or urging and/or persuading Councillors or Council employees to do something or take a particular action in relation to the relevant procurement.
When tendering, supplying or contracting to Council you can expect to be treated with fairness, professionalism and respect. In return, Council expects suppliers, tenderers, contractors, consultants and their employees, agents, partners and sub-contractors to apply similar standards.
Making ethical decisions is about choosing options according to ethical principles. It is about choosing to do what is right, whether it is convenient or not.
AlburyCity’s suppliers, tenderers, contractors, consultants, their employees, agents, partners and subcontractors are expected to:
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Act defines those engaged as consultants or contractors by a public authority such as Councils, as “public officials”. When contractors and consultants are contracted by Council, they are subject to the ICAC jurisdiction and are considered to be public officials.
AlburyCity’s suppliers, tenderers, contractors, consultants, their employees, agents, partners and subcontractors must not:
Unauthorised communication or lobbying of Councillors or Council employees during a tender or quotation process will lead to tenders being excluded from consideration
Only the appointed Tender/Quote Coordinator is to accept any contact from a tenderer relating to enquiries not considered to be unauthorised communication or lobbying (i.e. procedural or timing related questions).
Suppliers are to be made aware that Councillors and Council employees are required to promptly notify the Chief Executive Officer of any approach that may constitute unauthorised communication or lobbying. If the unauthorised communication or lobbying is in writing, a copy should be provided to the Chief Executive Officer.
The Chief Executive Officer is to disclose the existence of any unauthorised communication or lobbying at the commencement of the business item being addressed at the Council meeting and advise of the Chief Executive Officer’s decision to exclude the identified tender.
Breaches of the Statement of Business Ethics and demonstration of dishonourable conduct may lead to:
The Statement of Business Ethics is supported by the AlburyCity Procurement Manual.