A conflict of interest for CLMs occurs when private interests may improperly influence public duty.
A conflict of interest is not ‘wrong’. Public officials (including CLMs) are also private individuals, and there will be occasions when private interests are in conflict with their duty to the public. Having a private interest in conflict with public duty may not be a problem, as long as the conflict of interest is managed in a transparent and accountable manner.
Conflicts of interest can be categorised as one or both of the following:
Table 1 highlights the different types of conflict of interest: actual, perceived and potential
Table 1 Types of conflicts of interest
|A public official|
|is in position to be influenced||is in a position to appear to influenced||
is in a position where they may|
be influenced in the future
|by their private interests when doing their job|
The progressive scenario in Table 2 demonstrates types of conflict of interest. These examples are indicative only and there may be other situations that can lead to potential, perceived or actual conflicts of interest of a pecuniary and/or non-pecuniary nature.
Table 2 Examples of conflicts of interest
|Scenario||Type of conflict||Explanation|
|you are a CLM board member with no affiliations who performs tasks for the CLM||No conflict||Your appointed duties as a CLM have no relevance to your private interests so there will be no conflict with carrying out these duties|
|You are a CLM board member who performs tasks for the CLM and has an acquaintance who owns a catering company||Potential conflict||Your private interests are currently not relevant to your appointed duties, but they could be in the future if the catering company wish to, for example, hire the reserve's kitchen facilities|
|You are a CLM board member who performs tasks for the CLM and has a close friend of family member who owns a catering company||Perceived conflict||Some may consider your private interests are relevant to, and may have influenced, final decisions related to the catering company, for example, hiring the reserve's kitchen facilities|
|You are a CLM board member who performs tasks for the CLM and also owns a catering company||Actual conflict||Your private interests are relevant to your CLM role and could improperly influence a decision. That is, your catering company is a related body who stands to benefit or lose by decisions made by the CLM.|
The following templates are available to assist with conflict of interest activities:
Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC): Identifying and managing conflicts of interest in the public sector, July 2012, available from the ICAC website.
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