Parliamentary Codes Workshop
CPA Victoria Branch – Melbourne, Australia
8-10 April, 2015

The CPA, in collaboration with Monash University is holding a workshop hosted by the Victoria CPA Branch in Melbourne, from 8-10 April. The aim of the workshop is to debate and consider a set of draft Benchmarks for Parliamentary Codes of Conduct to agree on Recommended Benchmarks applicable to jurisdictions across the Commonwealth.
You may recall that during the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference that a workshop was held on ‘Parliamentarians and public trust: do codes of conduct help?’. One of the agreed recommendations was to prepare a set of benchmarks to guide Parliaments in the development of codes of conduct which aim to enhance public trust in Parliaments and Parliamentarians.

Also at the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, a series of interviews were conducted on behalf of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association by Associate Professor Hon Dr Ken Coghill of Monash University and Dr Abel Kinyondo of the University of Dar Es Salaam in relation to parliamentary codes of conduct applying to members of parliament across the Commonwealth. The interviews and research into parliamentary codes have contributed to a set of draft proposals for recommended benchmarks for Codes of Conduct for Members of Parliament.  

This workshop contributed to an overarching principle of the Association: to support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the good values of the Commonwealth. The draft benchmarks are hoped to guide parliaments in creating or amending codes. 

Please click here for the Concept Note of the Workshop...