Councillor Code of Conduct
Council, at its meeting of 16 November 2010, adopted a Code of Conduct for Councillors (PDF 47 KB).
In adopting the Code, Council acknowledged that it sets out, for both councillors and the community, the standards of behaviour expected of councillors of Logan City Council.
The code is based on the Local Government Act 2009. It is also based on a best practice model code of conduct prepared by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).
The code also demonstrates Council's commitment to the following local government principles contained in the Act:
- transparent and effective processes, and decision-making in the public interest;
- sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure, and delivery of effective services;
- democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement;
- good governance of, and by, local government; and
- ethical and legal behaviour of councillors and local government employees.
Complaints about councillor conduct
Complaints about the conduct of a councillor will be assessed by Council's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and based on this assessment, the following actions may occur:
Frivolous/Vexatious/Lacking in Substance
If the CEO determines that the complaint is frivolous, vexatious and/or lacking in substance, no further action will be taken and you will be advised of the outcome of your complaint.
Inappropriate conduct assessment
If the CEO assesses the complaint as potentially being inappropriate conduct and it is not a complaint made by the Mayor or CEO, or a complaint about the conduct of the Mayor or Deputy Mayor, the matter will be referred to the Mayor to consider whether any action should be taken. The action taken could be no further action, a written reprimand or if it is a repeat of inappropriate conduct, the matter will be referred to the Department of Local Government's CEO as misconduct.
If the CEO assesses the complaint as potentially being misconduct the complaint is referred to the Department of Local Government's CEO to reassess and determine if the complaint requires no action, or referral to a Regional Conduct Review Panel (for less serious matters) or Local Remuneration and Disciplinary Tribunal, for investigation.
Corrupt conduct assessment
If the CEO assesses the complaint as potentially being corrupt conduct, the complaint is referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) for review and if required, referral to the Department of Local Government's CEO for referral to a Regional Conduct Review Panel (for less serious matters) or Local Remuneration and Disciplinary Tribunal, for investigation. If you require further information about making a complaint to the CCC phone 1800 061 611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another matter (another type of complaint)
The CEO may assess that the complaint is another type of complaint and not a councillor conduct complaint. If this occurs the complaint will be processed under the relevant complaints process e.g. Administrative Action Complaints.
Outcomes of complaints
If a complaint is proved to be correct, depending on the seriousness of a complaint and/or frequency of a councillor's breach, the outcome could range from counselling through to dismissal.
Submitting a complaint
Your complaint will need to be made in writing. In your complaint please address the following:
- Your name, address and contact details
- Approximate time of the alleged incident
- Date of the alleged incident
- Place where the alleged incident occurred
- Name(s) and contact detail(s) of the person(s) who witnessed the incident (if applicable)
- Detail what principle or section of the Act you are alleging the councillor has breached (e.g. Cr XYZ breached the local government principles under section 4 of the Local Government Act 2009 by swearing at me during a public meeting in front of Mr John Smith at Logan City Administration Centre 150 Wembley Road, Logan Central)
- Attach any evidence you have in relation to this complaint
- Detail the outcome you are seeking as a result of your complaint
Register of complaints against councillors
Council is required to keep a register of complaints made against councillors and the outcome of these complaints. There are some exceptions to recording complaints regarding public interest disclosures in the register.
The register is available for public inspection at Council's Administration Centre. For your convenience please contact the Administrative Review and Ethics Program on (07) 3412 3412 to organise an appointment to view the register.
If you require further information about councillor conduct, please contact Council's Administrative Review and Ethics Program on (07) 3412 3412.