Queensland councils are determined to be leaders in transparency and accountability to guarantee public confidence and trust.
The LGAQ Policy Executive has endorsed the following proposals to guide the local government sector’s strong commitment to demanding the highest standards of integrity in all aspects of local government operations.
10 Point Plan
- Clarification that donations/gifts are to remain on registers of interests for two terms of council (current and previous term).
- Mandatory pre-election briefings for new candidates (excluding sitting councillors).
- Mandatory, high-quality and practical post-election training for all elected members.
- LGAQ-run community awareness campaign on local government planning role.
- Introduction of a statutory provision to automatically stand down councillors charged with an indictable offence, at full remuneration until proven guilty.
- Compulsory register of interests for candidates seeking election.
- Campaign expenditure limits set at $2 per enrolled voter for mayoral elections and $1 per enrolled voter for councillor elections, with upper expenditure limits (“ceilings”) of $200,000 for mayoral elections and $50,000 for councillor elections and lower expenditure limits (“floors”) of $20,000 for mayoral elections, $15,000 for councillor elections in undivided councils and $5,000 for councillor elections in divided councils.
- Donations or gifts above $500 on a register of interests to be treated the same as a Material Personal Interest.
- Open data and governance innovation initiatives provided by the LGAQ, most particularly Ready, Set, Go benchmarking service being made public from October 2018.
- Better Councils, Better Communities – public education campaign run by the LGAQ.
LGAQ appears at Belcarra hearing
The LGAQ this week appeared before a key parliamentary committee to put the case of local government regarding the legislative reforms arising out of the Crime and Corruption Commission’s Belcarra recommendations.
LGAQ acting chief executive Sarah Buckler, team leader of intergovernmental relations Josh O’Keefe and partner of law firm King and Co Tim Fynes-Clinton spoke to the Association’s submission to the Economics and Governance Committee’s inquiry into the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 1 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.
You can watch the proceedings here.
The LGAQ’s submission to the committee can be viewed here.
Local Government Association of Queensland
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Last updated 25 May 2018