Councillor Conduct/Misconduct – the role of VCAT

Date uploaded:
01 Sep 2013

In 2009, a Councillor’s behaviour and activities were of such concern that there followed a complex series of cases before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT/Tribunal) culminating in June 2013 in applications brought by the Secretary to the Department of Planning and Community Development (the Secretary) under s 81E of the Local Government Act 1989 ((LGA); and by 5 fellow councillors under s 81B LGA. Between August 2010 and June 2013 the VCAT as well as the Victorian Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, had to navigate their way through the LGA Part 4 – Council Administration, specifically Division 1B – Councillor Conduct Panels. 

This arcticle originally appeared in VEPLA News (September, 2013)

Other papers by Julie R Davis
Changes to the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (2013)
Contempt of an Order of the Tribunal (September 2014)
Contempt in the Tribunal (May 2014)
Councillor Misconduct (September 2014)
Councillor Misconduct: The final chapter? (2016)
Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (2014)
Legislation - Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Amendment Act (2014)
Local Government Update: Sack the Council! (2017)
Municipal Matters: Doctrine of Accretion (2015)
Municipal Matters: VPELA Review August 2015 (2015)
Noisy Neighbours (2016)
Participatory Budgeting (2014)
Restrictive Covenants - single dwelling (2014)
Review of the Local Government Act (2016)
VCAT Act - S.115B Order to Pay Fees (2014)
When is a laneway a public highway? (2016) 

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