The members of the Commission are bound by the Minister’s Code of Conduct.
Commission members are also required to disclose their financial and other interests as required by the Development Act, and this information is available for inspection at the Commission’s office.
Code of Conduct
The Code can be viewed here:
The Code sets out procedures in relation to conflict of interest and site inspections, among other things.
The Code requires that where a member has a conflict of interest that member must not partake in any of the assessment processes involving the matter. In addition to these procedures, the Commission has adopted an additional procedure where there may be a perception that the member has a conflict of interest. The member must clearly state the nature of that interest to the other members of the Commission and leave the room while the matter is discussed. If the Commission determines the member has a conflict that member must not partake in any of the assessment processes involving the matter.
The Minister’s Code of Conduct also addresses the matter of site inspections. A member should not enter the site of a development except where it is part of a formal Commission viewing. Where there are representations the Commission may visit the site to seek information, but will not discuss the application with the applicant before a formal hearing.
Where there are no representations the Commission may meet with the applicant on site, but again only for information purposes. Commission members will not individually discuss applications with private parties or local government, unless authorised to do so by the Commission.