Business ethics statement

Business ethics statement

Guidelines for doing business with the City

The City of Sydney will ensure its business relationships are ethical, honest, fair and consistent. The City's business dealings will be transparent and open to public scrutiny wherever possible.

What to expect from us

City staff are bound by the City’s Code of Conduct. They are accountable for their actions and are expected to:

  • Use public resources effectively and efficiently
  • Encourage fair and transparent competition while seeking value for money
  • Protect confidential and proprietary information
  • Deal fairly, ethically and honestly with all individuals and organisations
  • Disclose any situation that involves or could be perceived to involve a conflict of interest
  • Not seek or accept financial or other benefits for performing official duties
  • Treat all potential suppliers with impartiality and fairness and given equal access to information
  • All procurement activities and decisions will be fully and clearly documented to provide an effective audit trail.

What we ask of you

The City requires all providers of goods and services to:

  • Comply with the City’s procurement policies and procedures
  • Declare any actual or perceived conflicts of interest as soon as you become aware of them
  • Act ethically, fairly and honestly in all dealings with the City
  • Take all reasonable measures to prevent the disclosure of confidential information
  • Provide accurate and reliable advice and information when requested
  • Not offer City of Sydney employees, contractors and consultants any financial inducements or any gifts or other benefits which may influence, or be seen as influencing City staff.

By complying with this Statement of Business Ethics, you will be able to advance your business objectives and interests with the City of Sydney fairly and ethically.

You should also be aware of the consequences of not complying with the City of Sydney’s ethical requirements. Demonstrated corrupt or unethical conduct could lead to termination of contracts and loss of future work.

Practical Guidelines

  • Gifts or benefits must not be offered to City staff
  • All City staff and business partners must disclose any potential and actual conflicts of interest
  • Information which is marked confidential, or which a reasonable person would expect to be confidential, should be treated as such
  • In business relationships with the City of Sydney, parties will respect each other’s intellectual property rights and will formally negotiate any access, license or use of intellectual property
  • Where equipment or resources are supplied by the City of Sydney, they must only be used for the agreed official purpose
  • All contractors and sub-contractors are expected to comply with the Statement of Business Ethics. If you employ sub-contractors in your work with the City of Sydney you must make them aware of this Statement.


If you have any questions about this statement or wish to provide information about suspected corrupt or unethical conduct, please contact the Manager Governance by telephone or in writing. Employees and contractors reporting corrupt conduct, maladministration or serious waste of public funds are protected by the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994. The Act protects public officials disclosing corruption-related matters from reprisal or detrimental action and ensures disclosures are dealt with properly..

Manager, Governance
City of SydneyGPO Box 1591
Sydney NSW 2001
02 9265 9309

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 April 2018