As such, the information below assists with identifying conflict of interest risks. When developing a conflict of interest policy for restricted communities, organisations should consider the following issues:

  • recruitment and selection processes
  • discretionary decision making
  • record keeping of decision-making processes
  • use of public resources
  • assignment of multiple functions to one individual (conflicts of duties are a particular risk in restricted communities)
  • regulation, licensing, testing and inspection
  • links between decision-makers and family members or other associates
  • collection, use and maintenance of confidential information
  • recognition of conflict of interest in relation to consensual personal relationships where a hierarchical working relationship also exists
  • secondary and post-separation employment
  • tender evaluation.

If these risks are relevant to your organisation or community, consider whether they are being managed by the following strategies:

  • a single coordinated policy approach for managing conflicts of interest in your community
  • consulting with the community as part of the policy development process
  • making policies publicly available and accessible to all
  • considering how to manage the perception of conflicts of interest (e.g. promoting transparency by making public decisions about the management of conflicts of interest).