Councillors are elected by persons eligible to vote in Dorset and are representatives for the whole community. The next Local Government Election will be held in 2026.
Rear: Cr Mervyn Chilcott, Cr Anna Coxen, Cr Leonie Stein, Cr Beth Donoghue, Cr Jerrod Nichols
Front: Cr Edwina Powell, Deputy Mayor Dale Jessup, Mayor Greg Howard, Cr Kahlia Simmons
Please find below the Dorset Council Councillor Code of Conduct, the Complaint Lodgement Form and an Information Sheet for Complainants. The Councillor Code of Conduct was reviewed and adopted, without variation, by Council on 20 February 2023. The cost of a code of conduct complaint for the 2022/23 financial year is $85.00.
Dorset Council Councillor Code of Conduct
Local Government Councillor Code of Conduct Complaint Form (Word Document) - July 2022
Local Government Code of Conduct - Information for Complainants Information Sheet - July 2022
All Code of Conduct Complaints lodged must meet the requirements listed in Section 28V of the Local Government Act 1993. This includes evidence of a genuine attempt to resolve the matter prior to lodging a Complaint. More information on the Local Government Code of Conduct for Tasmanian Councillors can be found on the Local Government Division website here
As of 1 August 2018, the Local Government Act 1993 requires Council to keep a register of gifts and donations received by Councillors. Gifts and donations to be reported include any of the following with a value of $50 or more:
This includes a series of gifts or donations received by the same Councillor from the same donor where the total value in a financial year is $50 or more. EG: a $10 lunch bought for a Councillor each week over a period of time. Dorset Council's Councillor Register was last updated in December 2022 and is reviewed monthly (correct as at 2 March 2023). The current Register can be viewed below: