Councillors are in a position of trust. The local government legislation is very clear that you must not abuse that trust by misusing information obtained as councillors.
You must ensure that information which is confidential to the local government remains confidential.
A person who is, or has been, a councillor must not use information acquired as a councillor to directly or indirectly gain a financial advantage for yourself or anyone else, or to harm the local government.
Misuse of information by a councillor
It is misconduct if you:
- misuse information which you gained as a councillor
- release confidential information.
It is official misconduct if you:
- use information for a financial benefit or to cause financial harm. This is an offence with a maximum penalty of an $11,000 fine or two years imprisonment.
- buy or sell assets on the basis of inside information. This is an offence with a maximum penalty of an $110,000 fine or two years imprisonment.
- give inside information which could influence a reasonable person to decide to buy or sell an asset to another person. This is an offence with a maximum penalty of an $110,000 fine or two years imprisonment.
If you are convicted of an offence, you will be automatically disqualified from holding office.