Policy Review After Local Government Misconduct

THE City of Perth is reviewing its policies and procedures after the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) released a report into local government misconduct.

At a meeting earlier this month, the Council received the CCC report tabled in State Parliament on February 26, which highlights the need to improve governing procurement within the City.

While the City has since completed a fraud and misconduct risk assessment in relation to procurement, chief executive Gary Stevenson said it was also reviewing a newly-drafted statement of business ethics and is working to produce a tender manual in response to report recommendations.

“The Statement of Business Ethics provides guidance for all sectors of the community when conducting business with the City of Perth,” Mr Stevenson said.

“A tender manual will merely provide a collation of the City’s existing purchasing policies and procedures.

“The City’s main purchasing policy is currently under review. A tender manual is to be produced following this review.”

The CCC report, titled Misconduct Risk in Local Government Procurement, describes audits carried out across five local governments including the City of Perth to prevent, identify and deal with misconduct in procurement.

As a result, the CCC has recommended the jurisdiction of the Auditor-General be extended to include local governments.

It also recommended the Department of Local Government and Communities oversees risk management reviews.

Mr Stevenson said the independent and external oversight could be an effective means for preventing misconduct.

“Implementation of CCC recommendations will provide an independent and external oversight of financial governance in procurement by local governments.”