Council integrity

Read the Summary of personal interest returns, Councillor expenses, and the Conflicts of Interest register.

Council integrity overview

Moorabool Shire Council understands its responsibility to be transparent and accountable to its residents. On this page, you will find information about the summary of personal interest returns, Councillor expenses, and the Conflicts of Interest register.

Review of Mayoral and Councillor allowances

The Mayor and Councillors are entitled to receive an allowance while performing their duty as an elected official. The Victorian Government sets the upper and lower levels for Mayoral & Councillor allowances.

The Minister for Local Government decides and announces annual automatic adjustments to councillor allowances in the Victoria Government Gazette. The last adjustment made by the Minister was on 1 December 2019.

The Local Government Act 1989 requires Council to review the Mayoral & Councillor allowance levels following a general election.

The current Mayoral allowance is set at $81,204 per annum and the current Councillor allowance is set at $26,245 per annum plus 9.5% (the equivalent of superannuation guarantee contribution) respectively.

Council intends to maintain the Mayor & Councillor allowances at the current levels.

Any person has a right to make a submission in respect of a review of allowances.

Submissions process

In accordance with section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989, submissions are invited on the proposed Councillor allowances and any person may make a submission to the Council. All submissions will be considered.

Written submissions may be made, addressed to the Manager, Governance, Risk & Corporate Planning, and clearly marked “Review of Mayoral and Councillor Allowances" by either:

  • Post to: Moorabool Shire Council, PO Box 18, Ballan, Vic 3342; or
  • Email to: info@moorabool.vic.gov.au

Submissions must be received before 5.00 pm on 1 July 2021.

If any person wishes to be heard in support of their submission, they must include in their request to be heard in the written submission. This will entitle them to appear either personally or by a person acting on their behalf, before Council at its meeting of 7 July 2021.

Summary of personal interest returns

This Summary of Personal Interests(DOCX, 93KB) is provided in accordance with section 135 of the Local Government Act 2020 and is also available for inspection at Council offices.

Councillor expenses

Councillors expenses for the 2018/19 year:

Councillors

TR

CM

CC

IC

T

Total

$

$

$

$

$

$

Cr. Edwards

-

-

-

306

-

306

Cr. Toohey

-

-

-

1,459

893

2,352

Cr. Sullivan

-

-

-

441

-

441

Cr. Dudzik

-

-

-

358

-

358

Cr. Tatchell

-

-

-

949

-

949

Cr. Bingham

-

-

-

372

-

372

Cr. Keogh

-

-

-

479

-

479

-

-

-

4,365

893

5,259

Legend: TR - Travel, CM- Car Mileage, CC- Childcare, IC - Information and Communication Expenses, T- Training

Councillors expenses for the 2017/18 year:

Councillors

 

TR

CM

CC

 

$

$

$

Cr. Edwards

 

-

-

-

Cr. Toohey

 

-

-

-

Cr. Sullivan

 

-

-

-

Cr. Dudzik

 

-

-

-

Cr. Tatchell

 

-

-

-

Cr. Bingham

 

-

251

-

Cr. Keogh

 

-

-

-

Total  

-

251

-

Legend: TR - Travel, CM- Car Mileage, CC- Childcare, IC - Information and Communication Expenses, T- Training

Conflicts of interest

Conflict of Interest laws are prescribed under the Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) and in the Local Government (Governance and Integrity) Regulations 2020 (the Regulations). Managing conflicts of interest is about ensuring the integrity and transparency of decision-making.