Complain about a council member

You can complain about a member of a local council if you believe they have breached the code of conduct under the Local Government Act 2019.

The code of conduct governs the conduct of:

  • council members
  • audit committee members
  • council committee members and
  • local authority members.

Read the code of conduct PDF (117.8 KB).

How to make a complaint

Complaints about council members go to the chief executive officer (CEO) of the relevant council.

You must make a complaint within three months after the date of the alleged breach.

To make a complaint, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the breach of code of conduct complaint form including the statutory declaration. You will need to give full details of the alleged breach.

Breach of code of conduct complaint form PDF (173.9 KB)
Breach of code of conduct complaint formDOCX (25.7 KB).

Step 2. Submit the form, statutory declaration and any supporting documents by email or mail to the CEO of the council.

You should request confirmation that the council has received your complaint.

More information

To find out more about making a complaint, go to the relevant council’s website.


Last updated: 12 July 2021

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