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On 17 May 2018 Parliament passed the Local Government (Councillor Complaints) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2018.

These amendments will provide a simpler, more streamlined system for making, investigating and determining complaints about councillor conduct in Queensland.

The changes will require Local Governments to implement new procedures for dealing with councillor conduct complaints and mandatory Code of Conduct training for councillors in the coming months.

The tribunal does not receive complaints about councillor conduct directly from complainants.

A complaint about the conduct or performance of a councillor can be made by a ratepayer or member of the public by contacting the chief executive officer of the local government to which the councillor belongs.

Referral of complaints about alleged misconduct to the tribunal

If the preliminary assessment of a complaint is that it is about serious misconduct, the complaint may be referred to the tribunal for consideration and appropriate action (section 176C(4)(b) and s177(3), Local Government Act 2009).