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:

  • municipal council
  • regional council
  • shire council
  • local authority
  • local board
  • 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 PDF (80.5 KB)

Complaint about a council code of conduct breach by member DOCX (33.9 KB).

Step 2. Send the form by mail or email to:

Secretariat
Local Government Disciplinary Committee
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet
localgovernment.dlghcd@nt.gov.au

PO Box 4621
Darwin NT 0801

How your complaint is managed

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

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

The committee's decision

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 for Local Government that the member be removed from office.

Last updated: 22 October 2020

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