What happens if there’s a conflict?

A Member who has reasonable grounds to believe that they have a conflict of interest in a matter before the Legislative Assembly or the Executive Council (Cabinet), or a committee of either of them, or the board of a government agency on which the Member serves, must, if present at a meeting considering the matter,

  • disclose the general nature of the conflict of interest;
  • withdraw from the meeting without voting or participating in consideration of the matter; and
  • refrain at all times from trying to influence the matter.

The clerk or secretary of the meeting must make a record of the disclosure. That record must include the general nature of the conflict of interest that the Member disclosed and the fact that the Member withdrew from the meeting. That record must then be filed with the Ethics Commissioner who posts it on this website. Records of disclosure can be searched here.

Where the disclosure is made during a meeting of the Executive Council (Cabinet) or one of its committees, the record of the disclosure must be filed with the Clerk of the Executive Council who must keep it confidential. However, the Ethics Commissioner may inspect the record and use the information in it if it is likely to be material in determining whether a Member has contravened the Act.