Acting ethically when making decisions

Workshop overview

A core component of a councillor’s role is to act ethically and with integrity when making decisions and representing the local community. Importantly, this includes understanding the obligations under the Code of Conduct and knowing how to apply these in practice.

This workshop will give councillors the skills and knowledge to understand and apply their ethical obligations under the Code of Conduct including when and how to disclose and manage conflicts of interests.

With a focus on practical examples and real life ethical decision making dilemmas, this workshop will give councillors confidence in performing their roles to the highest of ethical standards.

It is ideal at the start of a new council term or as a refresher part way through.

Key learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, councillors will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of the Code of Code to their community
  • Understand their core obligations under the Code of Conduct
  • Apply the Code of Conduct to their personal circumstances
  • Recognise the consequences for not complying with the Code of Conduct

Who should attend

This workshop is designed for the elected body to attend together. Senior council staff may also benefit from attending.

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What attendees receive

All attendees will receive a handy reference guide on the Code of Conduct. 

Delivery method

We can deliver this workshop in person or online to suit your needs. The workshop duration can also be tailored to meet your requirements including combining the workshop with other topics as part of a package.

Your facilitators

Your instructor for this course is Emma Broomfield, the Founder and Chief Educator at Locale Learning. Emma is a trained lawyer and nationally accredited mediator with a passion for helping communities work better together. She strongly believes in the power of local leaders to transform local communities.

Over many years, Emma has worked with local councillors in a range of different capacities. This includes as a Code of Conduct reviewer, coach, trainer, legal advisor and conflict resolution specialist. Emma is known for her warm engaging style and practical training workshops.

What people say about Emma’s training style

"Very professional and astute."

"Informative, knowledgeable, presented well"

"Very engaging – thorough but not overwhelming"

Emma Broomfield Locale Learning

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