Tough new behaviour code for councillors
Tough new codes of conduct for local councillors are coming into force that crack down on gifts and benefits and require formal training for councillors and Mayors.
Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton said the reforms are needed to ensure the conduct of local councillors meets the expectations of the community.
“The new Model Code of Conduct stamps out the bad behaviour we have seen among a small number of councillors who have acted in self-interest rather than in the best interests of the community,” Ms Upton said.
“For example the acceptance of lavish gifts is now a thing of the past – there is now a $50 limit.
“There are also restrictions on access to council information, strict requirements for declaring interests, and the requirement Councillors must disclose whether they are a property developer or a close associate of one.
Ms Upton has released the new Model Code of Conduct and the Councillor Induction and Professional Development Guidelines.
“Any councillor who abuses public office for personal or financial gain is firmly in the sights of the new Model Code of Conduct. Read more...