Conduct and Ethics

The City of Bunbury has a Code of Conduct and Statement of Business Ethics to prevent misconduct, corruption and fraud.

Code of Conduct for Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates

The City of Bunbury has adopted the Local Government (Model Code of Conduct) Regulations 2021 as its Code of Conduct applicable to council members, committee members and candidates*.

The Code provides for:

  • Overarching principles to guide behaviour
  • Behaviours and complaints which are managed by local governments; and
  • Rules of conduct, contraventions of which are considered by the independent Local Government Standards Panel where appropriate.

*an individual is considered a candidate when their nomination for election is accepted by a Returning Officer under section 4.49 of the Local Government Act 1995. The Model Code applies to the individual from that point. Any alleged breach of the Model Code may only be addressed if and when the individual is elected as a council member.

Click here to download the Code of Conduct

Under the Code, complaints regarding alleged breaches of Division 3 of the Code of Conduct by a Council Member, Committee Member or candidate are managed by the local council as the decision-making body of the local government.

A complaint about an alleged breach of Division 3 of the Code must be made:

  • In writing on the approved form (PDF & Word Document)
  • To an authorised person (the CEO); and
  • Within one month after the occurrence of the alleged breach.

The signed complaint form is to be forwarded to:

Chief Executive Officer

City of Bunbury

PO Box 21,

Bunbury WA 6231

or emailed to

The previous Code of Conduct remains current for City of Bunbury Employees. The Code sets out the principles and standards of behaviour that employees must observe when performing their duties, and is intended to promote accountability, ethical decision making and encourage transparency and accountability in the City of Bunbury.

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Register of Certain Complaints of Minor Breaches
​Pursuant to section 5.121(3) of the Local Government Act 1995, the Chief Executive Officer is to publish an up-to-date version of the register of complaints on the local government’s official website. This register records all complaints that result in a finding under section 5.110(2)(a) that a minor breach occurred.  
Click here to download the Council Member, Committee Member and Candidate Code of Conduct Complaint Handling Council Policy


Statement of Business Ethics

The Statement of Business Ethics outlines our expectations of providers of goods and services. It also includes information on the City's commitment to ethical dealings, and what can be expected from us.

Click here to download the Statement of Business Ethics