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Managing conflicts of interest

We will ensure that potential and/or real conflicts of interest, and perceptions of conflict of interest are identified, disclosed and managed in a rigorous and transparent way.

MDBA employees and Authority members comply with a range of legislated requirements for disclosing and managing conflicts of interest including appropriate disclosure of information as set out in the Water Act 2007Public Service Act 1999 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

The MDBA conflict of interest policy applies to:

  • All MDBA employees, Authority and committee members
  • Contractors and sub-contractors
  • Volunteers
  • Secondees
  • Interns
  • Work experience
  • Others who may require access to our information.

The policy sets out how we deal with actual, perceived and/or potential conflicts of interest for individuals and as an organisation. This is particularly important because of our multiple roles as a policy maker, regulator, manager of river operations and environmental water manager.

We continuously maintain a register of identified conflicts of interest and risk mitigations for managing these risks.