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Councillors are in a position of trust.

A person who is, or has been, a councillor must not use information acquired as a councillor to directly or indirectly gain a financial advantage for yourself or anyone else, or to harm the local government.

Misuse of information by a councillor

Misconduct by a councillor is:

  • misuse of information gained as a councillor
  • release of confidential information.

It is corrupt conduct if a councillor:

  • uses information for a financial benefit or to cause financial harm
  • buys or sells assets on the basis of inside information
  • gives inside information which could influence a reasonable person to decide to buy or sell an asset to another person.

A councillor will be automatically suspended as a councillor, and if convicted, automatically disqualified from holding office for four years.