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Making a Councillor Code of Conduct Complaint

How to make a Code of Conduct complaint

Any person can make a complaint under a Council’s Code of Conduct.

A complainant must complete a Local Government Code of Conduct Complaint Form, July 2019 and lodge it with the general manager of the relevant council within six months of the alleged contravention.

The complaint must be accompanied by

  1. a statutory declaration verifying the accuracy of the information contained in the complaint; and
  2. the prescribed fee.  The prescribed fee for 2020-21 is $81.00.

Further information about how to make a complaint, information and other requirements is contained in the Information Sheet - Local Government Code of Conduct - Information for Complainants, April 2020.

For information on the different types of complaints that can be made, see Making a complaint - complaints about councillor conduct or contact your council. Contact details for councils is provided via the Tasmania Council Directory.

Referral of complaint by General Manager

On receipt of a Code of Conduct complaint, the general manager is required to assess it to ensure that it meets the requirements of section 28V of the Act. Where the complaint meets these requirements, the general manager must:

  • if the complaint is against less than half of all the councillors of the council, refer it to the Code of Conduct Panel Executive Officer by email at lgconduct@dpac.tas.gov.au; or
  • if the complaint is against one half or more of all the councillors of the council, refer it to the Director of Local Government by email at lgd@dpac.tas.gov.au.

For more information on these requirements view the Information sheet – Local Government Code of Conduct – Information for General Managers, April 2020

Code of Conduct Panel determinations

Code of Conduct Panel determination reports are required to be tabled by the relevant council at the first public meeting held after the determination is made at which it is practicable to do so.

Addendums to reports (which contain confidential information) are required to be tabled at the next closed council meeting at which it is practicable to do so.

Copies of Panel determination reports which have been tabled are available to view and download on the Code of Conduct Panel Determination Reports webpage.

Further information and guidance

More information

For further information regarding code of conduct complaints call the Executive Officer on 03 6232 7013 or email lgconduct@dpac.tas.gov.au.