Under Section 5.127 of the Local Government Act 1995, local governments are to prepare a report for each financial year on the training completed by Elected Members in the financial year and publish the report on its website.
There are currently no council member returns for the financial year beginning 1 July 2020. Annual returns for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 are required to be lodged between the 1 July 2021 and 31 August 2021.
The Gifts Registers contain those disclosures of gifts that have been made by Elected Members, the Chief Executive Officer and Employees in their official capacity.
Elected Members and the CEO are required to disclose gifts which are valued over $300 or are two or more gifts with a cumulative value over $300 (where the gifts are received from the same donor in a 12 month period) within 10 days of receipt. [5.87A & 5.87B Local Government Act 1995]
Employees are required to disclose gifts that are valued between $50 and $300 or are two or more gifts with a cumulative value between $50 and $300 (where the gifts are received from the same donor in a 6 month period) within 10 days of receipt. Gifts over the value of $300 are prohibited.
The Act and Regulations require the Chief Executive Officer to publish an up to date version of the Gifts Registers on the City’s website after a disclosure is made. To protect the privacy of individuals, the register published on the website does not include the address disclosed by an individual donor and will instead include the town or suburb mentioned in the address.