The Councillor Code of Conduct aims to assist and guide Councillors with their responsibilities as elected representatives of the community. Council endorsed its current Councillor Code of Conduct on 8 February 2021.
This code ensures Councillor conduct is legal, ethical and appropriate at all times when conducting or performing civic duties and responsibilities. It includes the following sections:
- key roles and responsibilities
- use of council resources
- values and behaviours
- councillor conduct and misconduct
- adherence to all other relevant Council policies including, but not limited to, workplace behaviours, OHS, information privacy and the Election Period
- conflict of interest procedures
- dispute resolution procedures.
Printed copies of this document are available for inspection at Council's Customer Service Centres and libraries. Please contact us if you require this document in an alternative format.
In accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, a copy of the Code has been provided to each Councillor.
Council Expenses, Support and Accountability Policy
Under section 41 of the Local Government Act 2020, Council is required to adopt and maintain an expenses policy in relation to the reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses for Councillors and Members of Delegated Committees. Council subsequently adopted its Council Expenses, Support and Accountability Policy on 24 August 2020.
This policy outlines the provisions of the Local Government Act 2020 in respect to Councillor allowances, expenses and support. It also confirms the facilities and support that may be provided to Councillors and Members of Delegated Committees to assist them in performing or discharging their official functions and duties.
The policy is guided by the following principles:
- Councillors and Members of Delegated Committees should be supported in performing and discharging council functions and duties without disadvantage;
- Any reimbursements claimed by Councillors and Members of Delegated Committees must be for expenses actually and necessarily incurred in performing and discharging their official Council functions and duties; and
- The payment of Councillor allowances and the reimbursement of expenses must be accountable and transparent to the community.
This policy also includes components of Council’s Accessibility, Transparency and Accountability (ATA) Charter which was established in 2009 and subsequently abolished on 28 October 2013. The practices set out in the ATA Charter are now fully covered under the provisions of the Local Government Act 2020, Council’s Governance Rules and this policy, or have been fully adopted as standard Council practice.
Under this policy, Greater Dandenong will maintain this web page, which highlights the attendance of Mayor and Councillors at council meetings and briefing meetings, and also provide a table of Mayor and Councillors' expenses. Mayor and Councillors' attendances at council meetings and briefing meetings is updated fortnightly. The Mayor and Councillors' expenses spreadsheet is updated regularly as information becomes available. Expenses include mobile phone charges, conferences attendance fees, training, airfares, taxi fares, accommodation and meals, childcare, vehicle/mileage, stationery, equipment and any other expenses claimed.