Conduct and disclosure

Our Code of Conduct and disclosure policies establish a set of standards for Councillors to live by.

Councillor Code of Conduct

We adopted our current Councillor Code of Conduct (PDF, 474KB) on 3 November 2021 in accordance with the Local Government Act 2020.

On 30 August 2016 we set up the Conduct Reference Group Terms of Reference and Operating Guidelines (PDF, 33KB), to operate within the Code of Conduct.

Councillor Communications and Media Protocol

We adopted our current Councillor Communications and Media Protocol (PDF, 117KB) on 3 November 2021. This protocol applies to Councillor interaction with community members via written communication, external news media and engagement with any public facing social media platform.

Councillor Child Safe Policy

We adopted a Councillor Child Safe Policy (PDF, 146KB) on 26 November 2019. The Policy outlines expectations for Councillors when interacting with children and young people and our responsibilities in identifying, responding to and reporting child abuse.

Councillor Gift Policy

We adopted a Councillor Gift Policy (PDF, 625KB) on 6 April 2021. The Policy objective is to:

  • provide guidance and transparency on the acceptance and declaration of any gifts or benefits offered to, or received by, Councillors
  • maintain high levels of integrity and public trust by avoiding potential, actual or perceived conflicts of interest and reducing opportunities for fraud and corruption
  • provide for the maintenance of a gift register and any other matters prescribed by the regulations under section 138 of the Local Government Act 2020
  • complement personal interest returns by recording gifts that are below the threshold for disclosure set by the Local Government (Governance and Integrity) Regulations 2020.

View the Councillors Gift Register (PDF, 378KB).

Personal Interest Return Summary

Council adopted a Public Transparency Policy (PDF, 209KB) on 11 August 2020. As part of the Policy and in accordance with section 135 of the Local Government Act 2020 a summary of the Councillors personal interest returns is available.

It is a requirement under the Local Government Act 2020 (Act) and the Local Government (Governance and Integrity) Regulations 2020 (Regulations) for Councillors to complete an initial personal interest return followed by biannual personal interest returns in March and September each year (prescribed periods).

View the Councillors March 2023 Initial and Biannual Personal Interest Return Summary (PDF, 183KB).

Councillors' expenses

To help Councillors perform their duties, we developed a Councillor Civic Support and Expenses Policy (PDF, 322KB).

It details our policies in areas including:

  • expenses
  • conferences, seminars and training
  • accountability.

You can download details of our recent expenses.