Good governance depends in part on councillors and council officers having a good understanding of what they can and can’t do under the Local Government Act 1989.
This section looks at some of the areas where poor conduct may occur, including misuse of position and power, using information and resources inappropriately, and conflict of interest.
A requirement of the Local Government Act is that councillors must not use their position for personal gain.
Covers legislative requirements, councillors responsibilities, and the importance of seeking advice.
Why information should be confidential, how to identify and treat it, and the consequences of leaking information.
What the legislation says, the difference between direction and influence, and how protocols can help.
Types of equipment and facilities councillors are entitled to as part of their job, what is appropriate use and what isn’t.
Misuse of position not only impacts on good governance but can also be unlawful.
Individuals must assess if they have a conflict of interest and make the appropriate declaration.
Councillors do not have ‘parliamentary’ privilege.