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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Non-pecuniary interests

Non-pecuniary conflicts of interest are not offences under the Local Government Act.

Non-pecuniary interests are managed through your council’s code of conduct and the code of conduct provisions in the Act.

Non-pecuniary conflicts of interest may arise if:

  • you are a member (not an office bearer) of a club, organisation or association likely to be impacted by the council decision; and
  • other emotional or social ties might influence your decision.

An example of a non-pecuniary interest would be if a councillor was a long-standing member (but not an office-bearer) of the local football club, and the council was making a decision on a grant to the football club.

If a code of conduct complaint is substantiated, the Code of Conduct Panel may apply one or more sanctions including:

  • a caution
  • a reprimand
  • a requirement to apologise
  • a requirement to attend counselling or a training course; or
  • a suspension from performing or exercising the functions of a councillor for a period of up to three months.
Useful resources

The Integrity Commission’s website has a number of resources to assist you to deal with conflict of interest (both pecuniary and non-pecuniary).

Refer to the training video In whose interest? on the Local Government Division’s website to watch a video scenario that deals with conflict of interest.