Code of Conduct
All members of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, its assessment panels and committees and those peers selected from Arts Tasmania’s Peer Register to undertake assessment of Expressions of Interest are required to follow a code of ethical conduct. Ethical conduct is an attitude of mind, requiring observance of unwritten conventions and protocol in addition to compliance with rules of conduct.
The principles of ethical conduct are as follows:
Integrity – Members and peers should be honest and sincere in their approach to their duties and responsibilities.
Objectivity – Members and peers must be fair and impartial and must not allow prejudice or bias to override their objectivity.
Independence – Members and peers should be and appear to be free of any interest that might be regarded, whatever its actual effect, as being incompatible with integrity and objectivity.
A person appointed to the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, its peer assessment panels and committees, and peers selected from Arts Tasmania’s Peer Register to undertake assessment of Expressions of Interest partly owe their appointment to the fact that they may have recognition in the arts community and may have a close association or direct involvement with a particular interest group. However, if a member or peer uses his/her association with any group to promote the particular interests of that group, he or she is breaching the principles of ethical conduct.
Members and peers are expected to be:
- honest and sincere in their approach to their duties and responsibilities
- fair and impartial and not allow prejudice or bias to override their objectivity, and
- free of any interest which may be regarded, whatever its actual effect, as being incompatible with integrity and objectivity.
Members and peer must not use the application or Expression of Interest assessment process as an opportunity to promote the interests of a particular group or individual.
A conflict of interest arises when, through the consideration of any matter within the scope of that person’s role as a Board member, panel member, committee member or peer, that person has a pecuniary or any other interest, or may receive any benefit, direct or indirect. The conflict may involve the private affairs of the Board, panel or committee member or peer or those of a person, group of persons, close friend, business or organisation to or with whom that member is related, thereby making those affairs a subject in which the member has an interest.
An actual conflict arises where the member’s present duties or responsibilities conflict with or concern the member’s existing personal interests or matters in which that member has an interest.
A potential conflict of interest arises where the personal or other interests of the member or peer could conflict with that person’s official duties in the future.
A perceived or apparent conflict of interest arises where it may appear to an objective member of the public that a Board, panel or committee member or peer’s personal or other interests could improperly influence the performance of their duties whether or not that is the case.
Without limiting the scope of conflict of interest through relationships and friendships, Board, panel and committee members or peers who are members of, members of the board of, or employed by, an organisation are precluded from participating in the deliberations of the peers during the consideration of that organisation’s EOI and application.
Members of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, its assessment panels and committees must flag any real or perceived conflicts of interest upon acceptance of their appointment and at the beginning of each assessment round or meeting.
Members of Arts Tasmania’s Peer Register who have, or feel they could have, a conflict of interest must contact Arts Tasmania staff immediately to discuss the situation.