Code of conduct
Review of grants administration in NSW: final report
This report makes 19 recommendations to bring grants administration into line with best practice. In addition to feedback from 26 stakeholder groups, the review considered grants administration guidelines from comparable jurisdictions, best practice risk assessment and assurance frameworks, and the existing New South Wales policy...
Where there’s a will, there’s a way: regulators and collaboration
The new regulatory model recommended by Respect@Work maximises and improves the existing legislative framework, recognising the right of workers to be free from sexual harassment is a human right, a workplace right and a safety right.
Parliamentary codes of conduct: a review of recent developments
This paper outlines the variety of enforcement mechanisms these existing parliamentary codes of conduct exhibit, the findings of the reviews that have been conducted into the effectiveness of these arrangements in preventing bullying and harassment and discusses how these might inform debate about a response...
Report of the Expert Review Group
This review considers whether the New Zealand Defence Force’s organisational structure and record-keeping and retrieval processes are in accordance with international best practice and sufficient to remove or reduce the possibility of the failings identified by the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham and Related Matters.
Insurance conduct and culture: fire and general insurers update
This report summarises disappointing findings from an evaluation of New Zealand fire and general insurers’ responses to the Life Insurer Conduct and Culture review undertaken by the Financial Markets Authority and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 2019.
Investigation into the regulation of lobbying, access and influence in NSW
This report on Operation Eclipse is an investigation into the regulation of lobbying, access and influence in New South Wales. It examines factors that could either allow, encourage or cause corrupt conduct, or detract from the integrity and good repute of public administration.
NDIS national workforce plan: 2021-2025
This strategy document outlines the Australian government’s commitment to work with NDIS participants, industry and other stakeholders to grow a responsive and capable workforce for the NDIS.
Improving ethical standards in government
This report calls for new rules to extend the prohibition on former cabinet ministers lobbying government, new enforcement powers to ensure ministerial rules are followed, and greater transparency surrounding the outside interests of civil servants.
The New Energy Tech Consumer Code: representing the interests of consumers at the Australian Competition Tribunal
This report documents Consumer Action's experience representing the interests of consumers at the Australian Competition Tribunal, reflecting upon the impact of their involvement and how to ensure stronger consumer protections are in place within the NET industry.
Australian code of practice on disinformation and misinformation
This code of practice has been developed by the Digital Industry Group Inc. (DIGI), a non-profit industry association that advocates for the interests of the digital industry in Australia. DIGI members include Google, Facebook, Twitter and eBay. It is a response to a request from...
Regulating the influencers: the evolution of lobbying regulation in Australia
Exploring the history and evolution of lobbying regulation in Australian federal and state jurisdictions, this article develops a conceptual framework to evaluate lobbying regulation based on the form of regulation, the standards it imposes, and compliance processes.
Annual industry data and compliance report 2018−19
Providing a snapshot of the life insurance industry and its compliance with the Life Insurance Code of Practice, this report shows life insurers need a stronger commitment to their code compliance obligations.
Misinformation and news quality on digital platforms in Australia: a position paper to guide code development
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released this position paper outlining its expectations for a voluntary code or codes of practice on misinformation and news quality to be developed by digital platforms.
Management of the Australian government’s lobbying code of conduct — follow-up audit
The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of the Attorney-General’s Department’s implementation of the recommendations from the Auditor-General Report, Management of the Australian Government’s Register of Lobbyists.
A model code for the protection of freedom of speech and academic freedom in Australian higher education providers
This document, developed by the University Chancellors Council, outlines the systems and processes in place to protect academic freedom and freedom of speech in Australian higher education institutions.
Disinformation and ‘fake news’: final report
This report repeats earlier recommendations for clear legal liabilities to be established for tech companies to act against harmful or illegal content on their sites, and calls for a compulsory Code of Ethics defining what constitutes harmful content.
Poisoning democracy: how Canada can address harmful speech online
The rise of harmful speech online is a threat to Canada’s democracy. This report outlines how governments and digital platform companies can better address hate and harassment, including the creation of a Moderation Standards Council.
The model code of conduct for local councils in NSW: consultation draft
The NSW Office of Local Government (OLG) has prepared this consultation draft of the new Model Code of Conduct and Procedures. The OLG is seeking the views of councils and other stakeholders on the consultation drafts prior to finalising the new model.
Review into the efficacy of the Code of Conduct for Australian Copyright Collecting Societies - discussion paper
This discussion paper has been released to generate feedback on the effectiveness of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies, and whether the current voluntary code represents best practice, contains sufficient monitoring and review mechanisms, and if it should be mandatory for all collecting...
Investigation into allegations of improper conduct by officers of VicRoads
The investigation found that that some VicRoads enforcement officers routinely exceeded the speed limit in VicRoads vehicles without displaying lights or sirens, as required by the road rules. Foreword
The franchisor compliance manual
Designed to help franchisors to understand their rights and responsibilities under the new Franchising Code of Conduct, which commences on 1 January 2015. Introduction The Franchising Code of Conduct is a mandatory industry code that applies to all of the parties to a franchise agreement...
Investigation into corruption risks involved in lobbying
The ICAC conducted an investigation into the lobbying of public officials and public authorities in NSW and the related procedures and regulatory system. In this report on the investigation, which was made public on 10 November 2010, the ICAC made 17 recommendations to improve the...
A survey of codes of conduct in Australian and selected overseas parliaments
This background note details the approach taken in Australia and some overseas parliaments to codes of conduct for ministers and members of parliament, registers of interests, the post-separation employment of ministers and the use of ethics commissioners in providing advice on and/or conducting investigations into...