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A mandatory and uniform Code of Conduct (PDF, 203KB) provides a foundation for a fair and transparent complaints management system. The code outlines how behavioural standards align with the local government principles and assists all councillors in being aware of their obligations as elected representatives.

The Code of Conduct and the associated obligations for councillors commenced on 3 December 2018.

Under the Code of Conduct, councillors must uphold the standards of behaviour as summarised in ‘the three Rs’ of Responsibility, Respect and Reputation.

Amended Code of Conduct

On 7 April 2020, the Minister for Local Government approved minor amendments to the Code of Conduct (PDF, 203KB) to reflect that the code will now apply to Brisbane City Council, and the Office of the Independent Assessor also now investigates councillor conduct complaints for Brisbane City Council.

Supporting changes were also made to the Local Government Regulation 2010 and City of Brisbane Regulation 2010, including a change to the declaration of office for Brisbane City Council.

Consequences of failing to comply with the Code of Conduct

A councillor’s failure to comply with the behavioural standards may give rise to disciplinary action under the Councillor complaints framework.

On its commencement in 2018 the councillor complaints framework did not apply to Brisbane City Council. It was extended to Brisbane City Council on 30 March 2020.

Contraventions of the Code of Conduct

Unsuitable Meeting Conduct

Handled by Council in the meeting
Council must adopt meeting procedures outlining how these complaints are handled

Inappropriate Conduct

Handled by the Independent Assessor in the first instance
The Independent Assessor may refer the matter to Council to investigate

Misconduct

Handled by the Independent Assessor
Complaints are heard by the Councillor Conduct Tribunal

Corrupt Conduct

Handled by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) or by the Independent Assessor in consultation with the CCC
Crime and Corruption Commission may refer the matter to another party, including the Independent Assessor