Councillor Gifts Policy

Read the Councillor Gifts Policy

Council’s goals for Brimbank are to be an inclusive, liveable and prosperous community and to be an innovative and responsive Council that puts our ‘Community First’. Councillors agree to uphold the ‘Community First’ principle by complying with the applicable legal and regulatory requirements, the Councillor Code of Conduct 2021 and the Councillor Gifts Policy.

The Gifts Policy is based on principles of integrity, good governance, transparency and accountability and seeks to minimise improper practices and potential conflicts of interest.

The purpose of this Policy is to:

• Specify the general obligations for Councillors who are offered Gifts, Benefits, and Hospitality in their role as Councillors, in order to assist Councillors to demonstrate their fair and impartial conduct, and avoid conflicts of interest and/or perceptions of conflicts of interest;
• State the requirements and processes to be followed by Councillors when declaring offers of Gifts, Benefits, and Hospitality;
• State the requirements in relation to the retention and disposal of Gifts by Councillors;
• Specify instances when the giving or receiving of civic Gifts is appropriate;
• Specify instances when the giving or receiving of ceremonial Gifts is appropriate;
• Outline Council’s accountability and reporting framework in relation to the reporting of offers of Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality, and the maintenance of the Gifts Register;
• Give effect to the Local Government (Governance and Integrity) Regulations 2020, and the Standards of Conduct contained in the Regulations; and
• Give effect to the Public Transparency Principles in accordance with section 58 of the Local Government Act 2020.