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COUNCILLOR CODE OF CONDUCT

Councillor Code of Conduct

TITLE COUNCILLOR CODE OF CONDUCT
DATE ADOPTED FEBRUARY 2021
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Overview

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The role of Council and Councillors, and governance arrangements that cover Swan Hill Rural City Council (Council), are set out in the Local Government Act 2020 (the Act). The primary objective for Council is to endeavour to achieve the best outcomes for the local community having regard to the long term cumulative effect of its decisions. Further objectives are set out in the Act. Good governance is fundamental to the achievement of Council’s objectives.

The Act requires Council to have a Councillor Code of Conduct (Code) and prescribes certain requirements. The Code sets expected standards of Councillor behaviour and provides guidance in the event of any Councillor breach of the Code.

The Code was adopted by Swan Hill Rural City Council (Council) on 23 February 2021 and is required to be reviewed within four months after a general election.

Councillors must understand and commit to complying with the standards of conduct and obligations of Councillors in accordance with section 139 of the Act, as well as the standards of conduct set out in this Code of Conduct.

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