440J How are requests and reports dealt with?
(1) The Director-General may arrange for a departmental report to be
prepared into the matters raised by or connected with a request or report
referred to in section 440H.
(2) The Director-General may authorise a member of the staff of the
Department to conduct an investigation into any or all of those matters to
assist in the preparation of the departmental
(3) The preparation of a departmental report is a prerequisite to a
decision by the Director-General to suspend the councillor from office, but is
not necessary if the Independent Commission Against Corruption or the
Ombudsman states in a report that the Commission or Ombudsman is satisfied
that grounds exist that warrant the councillor’s
(4) In this Division, departmental
report means a report prepared by a person authorised by the
Director-General to do so.