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Official Responsibilities of Councillors

The Local Government Act 2009 (the LG Act) provides the principles, responsibilities and powers of Councillors.

The LG Act (section 4) is founded by five 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, CEO and all Council employees performing responsibilities under the LG Act.

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 should be made to the Office of the Independent Assessor. The Independent Assessor will receive and assess all Councillor conduct complaints.

The Office of the Independent Assessor may be contacted via:-

  • phone: 1300 620 722
  • email:
  • in person: Level 13, 53 Albert Street BRISBANE QLD 4000
  • mail: PO Box 15031 CITY EAST QLD 4002


Councillor Conduct Register

As required by section 150DX of the Local Government Act 2009, Council is required 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 regarding public interest disclosures in the register.

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