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When it's not a conflict

The Inspectorate recently received a complaint regarding a councillor participating in a matter before council that related to an entity in which they held a position.

The complainant had alleged a conflict of interest but on review, the councillor had been appointed to the position by council as a nominee director, which is exempt under section 78B(3)(ba) of the Local Government Act 1989.

The current conflict of interest provisions in the Act often enable councillors to participate in council decisions, accepting that they have broad interests in the community, where the aforementioned exemptions apply.

Local Government Victoria has a range of conflict of interest guides that can assist councillors, council staff and committee members in determining and declaring conflicts. Visit the LGV website for more information.