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Mayors and councillors must make open, transparent decisions and ensure strong governance and accountability.

The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs has developed the below information to help mayors and councillors meet their responsibilities and deliver strong leadership for Queensland communities.

Code of conduct

The Code of conduct for councillors in Queensland sets out the values that describe the types of conduct councillors should demonstrate under each of the five local government principles, and standards of behaviour expected of councillors and mayors when carrying out their role as elected representatives. 

By following the behaviours set out in the code of conduct, councillors increase public confidence in local government and council decisions.

Key resource: Code of conduct for councillors in Queensland (PDF, 160KB)

Councillor complaints framework

There are different processes to address complaints made against councillors depending on how serious the alleged conduct is. The legislation provides definitions for unsuitable meeting conduct, inappropriate conduct, misconduct and how to deal with instances of corrupt conduct.

Key resource: Councillor complaints fact sheet

Managing conflicts of interests

Any conflicts between councillors’ interests and the public interest must be managed so that the community can have confidence that councillors are making decisions for the community. You can read more about conflicts of interest legislation. 

Key resource: Quick reference guide for conflicts of interests (PDF, 580KB)

Registers of interests

A register of interests is important to be able to identify material personal interests and conflicts of interest. You can read more Information about registers of interest including the statutory forms.

Key resource: Tegister of interest notes (PDF, 227KB)

Good decision-making

Read about the principles of good decision-makin, including the local government principles, what it means to make good decisions, delegated decisions, informed decision-making, community consultation, objectivity and transparency.

Meetings

Read about council meeting procedures, including how and when meetings are organised, how meetings are run, the chairperson’s role, meeting minutes and meeting behaviour.

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More information

For more information, contact your nearest regional office within the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.