Introduction. This Chapter places obligations on councillors, council delegates and staff of councils to act honestly and responsibly in carrying out their functions.
The Chapter also provides for the adoption of codes of conduct for councillors, staff and other persons associated with the functions of councils. However, the Chapter does not affect any other duties imposed by other laws or any offences created by other laws.
It also requires that pecuniary interests of councillors, council delegates and other persons involved in making decisions or giving advice on council matters be publicly recorded and requires councillors and staff to refrain from taking part in decisions on council matters in which they have a pecuniary interest.
The Chapter enables any person to make a complaint concerning a failure to disclose a pecuniary interest and provides for the investigation of complaints.
The Chapter also establishes the Local Government Pecuniary Interest and Disciplinary Tribunal.
The Tribunal is empowered to conduct hearings into complaints and to take disciplinary action against a person if a complaint against the person is found to be proved.