In accordance with the Act, council members (section 5.87A) and CEOs (section 5.87B) are required to disclose gifts that are received in their capacity as a council member or CEO and:
are valued over $300; or are of a cumulative value that exceeds $300 where the gifts are received from the same donor in a 12-month period. Additionally, a gift given by two or more related bodies corporate (as defined by section 50 in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) is considered to have been given by a single corporation. Disclosures by employees of “notifiable gifts” ie value over $50 are located on another register kept by the Regional Council Administration.
REGISTER OF COUNCIL MEMBER & CEO EVENTS ATTENDANCE
Section 5.90A of the Local Government Act requires that local governments have an attendance at events policy. The purpose of the policy is for the council to actively consider the purpose of and benefits to the community from council members and the CEO attending events.
Council adopted Policy 1.5 – Conference and Industry Events Attendance. The policy provides a framework for the acceptance of invitations to various events, clarifies who will pay for tickets or the equivalent value of the invitation.
The tickets should be provided to the local government and not individual council members. A ticket or invitation provided by a donor to an individual in their capacity as a council member or CEO is to be treated as a gift to that person, unless the tickets or invitation is referred to the local government to be considered in accordance with the policy.
Any gift received over $300 is specifically excluded from the conflict of interest provisions if:
the gift relates to attendance at an event where attendance has been approved by the council in accordance with the council endorsed Attendance at Events policy, or the gift is from specified entities.
Excluded gifts are still a gift that must be disclosed and published on the gifts register if over the value of $300 and received in the capacity of council member or CEO.
REGISTER OF COUNCIL MEMBER MINOR BREACH COMPLAINTS (RULES OF CONDUCT)
Complaints relating to a council member committing a minor breach (such as breach of a rule of conduct), are referred to the Local Government Standards Panel. A breach by a council member of his/her local government’s code of conduct is not a minor breach.
There are no breaches to report for 2019/2020.