On 18 June 2020 the Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2020 was passed by the Queensland Legislative Assembly, with changes coming into effect on 12 October. Read more about the rolling reform agenda for the local government sector.
A councillor must always act with integrity and abide by the law in carrying out their local government responsibilities. Councillors are accountable for their behaviour and should conduct themselves in an appropriate, professional and ethical way that meets the obligations set out in the Local Government Act 2009 (LGA) and City of Brisbane Act 2010.
Under the LGA, all Queensland councillors must comply with the mandatory code of conduct. The code of conduct contains behavioural standards and examples of behaviours to guide councillors in complying with the code.
A councillor is elected to serve and represent the interests of the whole community in their local government area. It is important that residents are confident that their council makes its decisions in the overall public interest and not to benefit councillors, their relatives or a particular group in the community.
For this reason, the local government legislation sets out specific requirements for councillors and local governments about:
- registering councillors' financial and non-financial interests
- dealing with conflicts of interests and material personal interests in council decision making
- how councillors use information obtained in their local government role.
It is the responsibility of each councillor to ensure they have properly considered the relevant facts and issues when making a decision about the proper course of action to take in a particular situation.
Advice can be sought from a variety of sources including: