A minor breach complaint to the Local Government Standards Panel must be
made within six months after the alleged breach has occurred.
complaint must contain an allegation that a council member has
committed a minor breach (i.e. that they have committed a breach of a
rule of conduct). A breach by a council member of his/her local
government's code of conduct is not a minor breach.
Identify the name of the person making the complaint, as well as the
name of the elected member to have allegedly committed the minor breach
and the local government the elected member belongs to.
You must state the type of complaint to have occurred under the
Local Government (Model Code of Conduct) Regulations 2021.
Include a narrative statement by the complainant of the issue and
circumstances, written in chronological order (i.e. what was actually
said and done or not done). This is a statement of the alleged facts.
Where possible it should refer to written documents or material where
evidence supports the facts. In this statement, limit comments to
factual information and avoid including opinions or a personal
interpretation of the facts.
Where possible, originals of the written documents and materials
referred to in the statement of alleged facts must be attached to the
complaint form. Otherwise, copies may be attached. If the alleged
conduct occurred at a council meeting when the proceedings were
recorded, this fact should be mentioned. If possible, a copy of the
relevant part of the minutes of the meeting, the recording and a typed
transcript of that recording should be attached to the complaint.
Providing false or misleading information in a complaint is an offence and can result in a fine of up to $5000.
5.123 of the Local Government Act 1995, provides that it is an offence
to disclose any information concerning a complaint of a breach of the
Act (minor breach, serious breach or a recurrent breach of the Act)
until the matter has been determined, unless the disclosure is required
to investigate or deal with the complaint or otherwise permitted by law.
Breaching confidentiality can result in a fine up to $5000.
For enquiries related to the Local Government Standards Panel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Government Complaints Officers can also submit complaints via this email address.
form should be completed by the person making a complaint of a minor
breach or a serious breach and should be submitted with the complaint
when it is given to the Complaints Officer of the local government
concerned (if a minor breach is alleged)
or the Director General of the Department of Local Government, Sport
and Cultural Industries (if a serious breach is alleged), so that the
Standards Panel or the department, as the case requires, can contact the
person making the complaint to follow
up on and deal with the complaint.
Do not submit enquiries with this form.