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Councillor Code of Conduct



The Council undertakes to foster and uphold the following values in the exercise of its various powers and

  • Community engagement
  • Leadership
  • Fairness
  • Accountability

As Councillors of Swan Hill Rural City Council we are committed to working together in the best interests of the people within our municipality, as well as discharging our responsibilities to the best of our skill and judgment.

While the Code of Conduct can be reviewed and amended at any time, it is mandatory for the Council to review and make any necessary amendments to its Councillor Code of Conduct within four months after the general election.

A Councillor Code of Conduct must include an internal resolution procedure for dealing with any alleged contraventions of the Code. A Council can apply sanctions to a Councillor who has been found to have contravened the Councillor Code of Conduct.

Failure by a Councillor to comply with the Council’s internal resolution procedure, or failure to comply with a written direction given by the Council under section 81AB of the Act (sanctions for contravention of the Code), constitutes misconduct by a Councillor.

If a Councillor Conduct Panel determines a finding of misconduct against a Councillor, the Panel may apply further sanctions against that Councillor.

Within one month of any amendments to a Councillor Code of Conduct being approved, A Councillor must make a declaration stating they will abide by the Code of Conduct.

A declaration by a Councillor must be in writing and witnessed by the Chief Executive Officer. Our commitment to working together constructively will enable us to achieve a sustainable community with a strong identity, the ability to work together for community cohesion, economic prosperity and sound environmental management in a manner that is consistent with our values.