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Personal interest returns

Local Government law requires councillors and nominated officers to complete personal interest returns.

Legal requirements for personal interest returns

The Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) states that specified persons must lodge an initial person interest return with the Chief Executive Officer within a prescribed timeframe.

Section 134 of the 2020 Act also requires a specified person (who continues to be a specified person) to update their returns with the Chief Executive Officer twice yearly.

The information required in both the initial and biannual personal interest returns is stated in the Local Government (Governance and Integrity) Regulations 2020 (the 2020 Regulations).

Definitions

A 'specified person' means a:

  • Councillor
  • member of a delegated committee who is not a Councillor
  • Chief Executive Officer or a nominated officer.

A nominated Officer means a member of Council staff who has been nominated by the Chief Executive Officer because of the nature of a power, duty or function connected to their role at Council.

Summary of personal interest information

Section 135 states that the Chief Executive Officer must prepare a summary of the personal interest information disclosed in the previous personal interest return.

The summary must be published on Council’s internet site and available for inspection at the Council office.

It is important to note that the 2020 Act specifically states that the street address or number of the land that is a place of residence of any person is not be included in the public summary.

The summary of returns is managed by the Governance Department.

See the latest personal interest returns summary

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