Councillors are in a position of trust.
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
Misconduct by a councillor is:
- misuse of information gained as a councillor
- release of confidential information.
It is corrupt conduct if a councillor:
- uses information for a financial benefit or to cause financial harm
- buys or sells assets on the basis of inside information
- gives inside information which could influence a reasonable person to decide to buy or sell an asset to another person.
A councillor will be automatically suspended as a councillor, and if convicted, automatically disqualified from holding office for four years.