The Code of Conduct for Council Members and Code of Conduct for Council Employees details the circumstances in which gifts and benefits received by Council Members or Employees must be recorded in a register and displayed on Council's website.
Any gift or benefit of more than a gazetted value must be declared and included in the register. The gazetted values are as follows:
- Council Members - $100.
- Employees - $50 (prior to 2 April 2018 this value was $100).
Please find the Council Member and Employee Gift and Benefits Registers below.
Managing conflicts of interest and perceived conflicts of interest is integral to the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of Local Government. The Local Government Act 1999 requires members to declare material, actual or perceived conflicts of interest arising in respect of matters to be discussed at a meeting of Council, a Council Committee or Subsidiary.
Upon reviewing the Agenda for a Council (or Committee or Subsidiary) meeting, Members must consider whether they have a prescribed interest (prescribed by the Act) in any matter to be considered at the meeting.
Where a Member is required to disclose an interest, it is recommended that they complete a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form. The Disclosure Form is used to ensure that the Member’s interest is accurately recorded in the Minutes.
Below is a list of the types of interests to be disclosed:
Material – where any of a defined list of persons would gain a benefit, or suffer a loss (whether directly or indirectly, personal or pecuniary) depending on the outcome of the consideration of the matter at the meeting.
The Member after informing the meeting of his/her material conflict of interest, must leave the meeting room. The Member must stay out of the meeting room while the matter is being discussed and voted on.
Actual – where a Member has a Conflict of Interest (not being a material conflict of interest) between their own interests and the public interest that might lead to a decision that is contrary to the public interest.
Perceived – where from the perspective of an impartial, fair-minded person it could reasonably be perceived that a Member has a Conflict of Interest in a matter.
Where an actual or perceived Conflict of Interest exists the Member must inform the meeting of the interest and how (if they propose to participate in the meeting) they intend to deal with the actual / perceived Conflict of Interest.
Council Member Conflict of Interest Register
Council Members are required to declare their interests through a document called a Primary Return. Council is required to maintain a register with information from the Primary Return and subsequent Ordinary Returns that are submitted on an annual basis. Council is also required to publish the following information from the register on the website:
name of any political party, any body or association formed for political purposes or any trade or professional organisation they are a member of; and
any gifts received worth $750 or more
A copy of the Register of Interests is available below.