Disclosure of Gifts & Contributions to Travel
Local Government Act 1995 amendments
As of 20th October 2019, council members and CEOs are required to disclose gifts that are received in their capacity as a council member (or CEO) and –
• are valued over $300; or
• are of a cumulative value that exceeds $300 where the gifts are received from the same donor in a 12-month period.
Contributions to travel costs, whether financial or otherwise, will no longer be treated separately. These are now incorporated within the definition of gift.
Real time reporting of gifts is achieved through requirements to disclose all gifts within 10 days of receipt, for the CEO to update the register within 10 days, and for an up-to-date version of the register to be published on the local government’s official website.
ELECTORAL GIFT REGISTER
Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997
1. The CEO is to establish and maintain an electoral gift register.
- 2. The CEO is to ensure that all ‘disclosure of gifts’ forms completed by candidates and donors and received by the CEO are placed on the electoral gift register –
(a) upon receipt by the CEO; and
(b) in a manner that clearly identifies and distinguishes the forms relating to each candidate.
- 3. When the period under regulation 30C has concluded in relation to any election, the CEO is to remove any ‘disclosure of gifts’ forms relating to an unsuccessful candidate from the electoral gift register, and retain those forms separately for a period of at least 2 years.
- 4. When a successful candidate completes the term of office resulting from an election, the CEO is to remove any ‘disclosure of gifts’ forms relating to that person for that election from the electoral gift register, and retain those forms separately for a period of at least 2 years.
To view the Electoral Gift Register please click HERE.