Conflicts of interest
A conflict of interest occurs when the private interests of a public sector officer interfere, or appear to interfere, with the performance of his or her official duties. Such a conflict can arise from avoiding personal losses as well as gaining personal advantage — whether financial or otherwise.
For detailed information on best practice management see the following publications jointly produced by the CMC and the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption:
- Managing conflicts of interest in the public sector: guidelines (PDF, 345 KB)
- Managing conflicts of interest in the public sector: toolkit (PDF, 2 MB)
- View a summary of the guidelines.
- Councillor Conduct Guide (PDF, 345 KB)
Designed for representatives elected under the Local Government Act 2009, this guide provides advice on accountability, good governance, and ethical decision making (CMC 2011).
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- Introducing the conflicts of interest policy — Powerpoint presentation (PDF, 85KB)
- Queensland Integrity Commissioner
This website deals specifically with conflicts of interest in the public sector, and the role of the Integrity Commissioner.
- Declaration of interest forms (Public Service Commission).
- The grassroots of ethical conduct: a guide for local government staff and councillors(CMC 2001)
This training kit includes two videos and two facilitators' guides highlighting ethical decision-making scenarios and potential risks for misconduct and corruption. It includes case studies and discussion points. The Tender Trap video (20 mins): Turf It Out (8 mins). Available on DVD only. Email the CMC at email@example.com for a copy.
Need to know more?
For further advice on conflicts of interest contact one of our Prevention Advisers on 07 3360 6231 (Toll free outside of Brisbane: 1800 061 611), or contact the CMC.