investigates and assesses complaints about councillor conduct;
provides advice, training and information about dealing with alleged or suspected inappropriate conduct, misconduct or corrupt conduct to councillors, local government employees and the public;
prosecutes misconduct offences via the Councillor Conduct Tribunal.
A councillor's failure to comply with the behavioural standards of the code of conduct may give rise to disciplinary action under the complaint handling provisions of the Local Government Act 2009(LGA).
There are 4 types of contraventions of the Code of Conduct:
Unsuitable meeting conduct
Under Section 150DX of the Local Government Act 2009, Council must keep and publish a councillor conduct register.
150DX Local governments to keep and publish register
(1) A local government must keep an up-to-date register (a councillor conduct register) about the following matters for the local government—
(a) orders made about the unsuitable meeting conduct of councillors at its local government meetings;
(b) decisions about the suspected inappropriate conduct of councillors referred to the local government under part 3, division 5;
(c) decisions about whether or not councillors engaged in misconduct made by the conduct tribunal under part 3, division 6;
(d) complaints about the conduct of councillors dismissed by the assessor;
(e) decisions to take no further action in relation to the conduct of councillors investigated by the assessor.
(2) The local government must—
(a) publish the register on the local government's website; and
(b) ensure the public may inspect the register, or purchase a copy of an entry in the register, at the local government's public office.