Complain about a council member

You can complain about a member of a local council if you believe the member has breached their council’s code of conduct.

A member can be a member of a town or regional council, local authority, local board or council committee.

How to make a complaint

To make a complaint follow these steps.

Step 1. Fill in the complaint about a council code of conduct breach by member form.

Complaint about a council code of conduct breach by member
Complaint about a council code of conduct breach by member

Step 2. Send the form by mail or email to the local government disciplinary committee.

Secretariat
Local government disciplinary committee
Department of Housing and Community Development
PO Box 4621
Darwin NT 0801
localgovernment.dhcd@nt.gov.au

How your complaint is managed

The disciplinary committee will assess your complaint and decide whether to hear it.

If the committee hears the complaint, both you and the member can make representations to the committee before the complaint is decided.

If the committee is not satisfied the member has breached code of conduct

If the committee is not satisfied that the member has breached a council’s code of conduct, your complaint will be rejected. 

If the committee is satisfied that the member has breached a council’s code of conduct, it may do any of the following:

  • take no disciplinary action
  • reprimand the member
  • impose a fine
  • recommend to the minister that the member be removed from office.

Last updated: 27 June 2017