Official Responsibilities of Councillors

The Local Government Act 2009 sets out the principles, responsibilities and powers of the Mayor and Councillors.

The Local Government Act 2009, is founded on five (5) local government principles:

  1. Transparent and effective processes, and decision-making in the public interest; and
  2. Sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure, and delivery of effective services; and
  3. Democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement; and
  4. Good governance of, and by, local government; and
  5. Ethical and legal behaviour of Councillors and local government employees.

These principles apply to anyone, including the Mayor, Councillors, Chief Executive Officer and all Council employees performing responsibilities under the Act.

Section 12 of the Local Government Act 2009 sets out the responsibilities of all Councillors and the extra responsibilities of the Mayor.  The fundamental role of all Councillors is to represent the current and future interests of the whole local government area.

The Code of Conduct for Councillors in Queensland sets out the standards of behaviour expected of Councillors when carrying out their roles, responsibilities and obligations as elected representatives for their communities.

Complaints about the conduct of Councillors are made to the Office of the Independent Assessor Queensland.  The Independent Assessor receive and assess all Councillor conduct complaints.

The Office of the Independent Assessor may be contacted via:

Councillor Conduct Register

Council is required pursuant to section 150DX of the Local Government Act 2009, to keep a Councillor Conduct Register to record and disclose complaints made against Councillors and the outcome of these complaints.  There are some exceptions to recording complaints in the register for example, public interest disclosures.

Click here to view Council's Councillor Conduct Register(PDF, 119KB) .