Nationwide search for head of new Councillor complaints body

Published Wednesday, 25 July, 2018 at 06:00 AM

Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

A strong leader with impeccable integrity and governance credentials is being sought to drive implementation of councillor complaints reforms in Queensland as the head of the new Office of the Independent Assessor.

In announcing the start of nationwide advertising for the Independent Assessor, Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Office will be tasked with improving accountability, integrity and transparency of local governments.
“We are looking for the best person available to lead the Office of the Independent Assessor and implement this important reform for local government,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“The Office of the Independent Assessor will be charged with providing a simpler and more streamlined system for making, investigating and determining complaints about councillor conduct. 

“It is expected the successful applicant will have a legal background with advanced experience in the investigation or prosecution of complaints, professional conduct or integrity matters. 

“The Independent Assessor will be able to quickly dismiss vexatious and uncorroborated accusations.
“Anyone making a genuine complaint can expect it to be dealt with independently and in a faster and fairer manner.
“It will also promote high standards of conduct by elected councillors by providing advice, training and information.”
The Queensland Government has set aside $14.1 million over four years to establish the statutory authority.
“Our reform agenda is about ensuring Queensland has a system of Local Government that’s robust, accountable and transparent, with very clear rules,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
The Office of the Independent Assessor is expected to commence operations in December this year.

Applications for the Independent Assessor will close on 7 August 2018. For more information, visit

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