EXCERPTS: QLD Local Government Act 2009
4 Local government principles underpin this Act
(2) The local government principles are—
(a) transparent and effective processes, and decision-making in the public interest; and
(b) sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure, and delivery of effective services; and
(c) democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement; and
(d) good governance of, and by, local government; and
(e) ethical and legal behaviour of councillors and local government employees.
12 Responsibilities of councillors
(1) A councillor must represent the current and future interests of the residents of the local government area.
(2) All councillors of a local government have the same responsibilities, but the mayor has some extra responsibilities.
(3) All councillors have the following responsibilities—
(a) ensuring the local government—
(i) discharges its responsibilities under this Act; and
(ii) achieves its corporate plan; and
(iii) complies with all laws that apply to local governments;
(b) providing high quality leadership to the local government and the community;
(c) participating in council meetings, policy development, and decision-making, for the benefit of the local government area;
(d) being accountable to the community for the local government’s performance.
(6) When performing a responsibility, a councillor must serve the overall public interest of the whole local government area.
268 Process for administrative action complaints
(1) A local government must adopt a process for resolving administrative action complaints.
(2) An administrative action complaint is a complaint that—
(a) is about an administrative action of a local government, including the following, for example—
(i) a decision, or a failure to make a decision, including a failure to provide a written statement of reasons for a decision;
(ii) an act, or a failure to do an act;
(iii) the formulation of a proposal or intention;
(iv) the making of a recommendation; and
(b) is made by an affected person.
(3) An affected person is a person who is apparently directly affected by an administrative action of a local government.
(4) A regulation may provide for the process for resolving complaints about administrative actions of the local government by affected persons.
268A Advisory polls
A local government may, in the way decided by the local government, conduct a voluntary poll of the electors in its area or a part of its area on any issue of concern to the area or part.