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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Making unbiased decisions

In order to maintain public trust and confidence when acting as a member of a council, as opposed to a member of a planning authority, as discussed in section 4 Good Governance and Land Use Planning, you must:

  • give all stakeholders a fair opportunity to be heard before a decision is made; and
  • not have predetermined the matter or be perceived as having predetermined the matter before having heard all sides or reviewing all relevant information.

This does not prevent you from having opinions on upcoming matters and stating your views during election campaigns. Having a view on something doesn’t mean that you are incapable of being persuaded by advice. You just need to ensure that you impartially consider the evidence and advice, which may or may not support your view, during the formal decision making process.