Code of conduct for shire councils
BANANA Shire residents can now access a new Code of Conduct for Councillors through the Office of the Independent Assessor.
The OIA recently opened to start work as the new body to receive, assess, investigate and prosecute complaints about councillor conduct in Queensland.
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the OIA is headed up by respected crime investigator Kathleen Florian.
“This is the start of a new era of accountability, integrity and transparency as we rebuild the community’s faith and trust in local government,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“The Independent Assessor has the power to investigate and determine genuine complaints more effectively while being able to quickly dismiss vexatious complaints.”
The code is backed by a range of penalties including reprimands, orders for counselling and reimbursements of costs and applies to all councils, except Brisbane City Council that has a separate code.
For further information, visit wwwoia.qld.gov.au.