The Local Government Act 1995 guides the City of Karratha, setting out disclosure requirements relating to gifts and travel, electoral gifts and minor breaches.
Gifts and travel
Local government legislation, amended in October 2019, now requires Councillors and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to disclose gifts they receive in their capacity as a Councillor or CEO which are valued over $300.
Multiple gifts from the same donor where the cumulative value is over $300, and travel contributions must also be disclosed. All disclosures must be made within 10 days of receiving a gift.
The CEO maintains a record of these disclosures in a register, which is published on the City’s website.
Electoral gifts register
The City maintains an electoral gift register containing certain details of electoral gift declarations made by candidates and donors during local government elections.
Following each election, declarations made by candidates who are successfully elected into Office are maintained in the register for the term relating to that election. Any declarations made by unsuccessful candidates are removed from the register.
Complaints of minor breaches register
The CEO must publish an up-to-date version of the register of complaints, under Section 5.121(3) of the Local Government Act 1995.
This register contains details of matters where the Local Government Standards Panel has made a finding of a minor breach.
Primary & Annual Returns Register
In accordance with Sections 5.75, 5.76 and 5.96A(1)(i) of the Local Government Act 1995 and Regulations 29C(2)(d) and 29C(2)(e) of the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 the City is required to publish a list of council members and employees (by position) that lodged a primary return and annual return for each financial year, beginning on or after 1 July 2020.
Council members are required to undertake training to provide them with the skills and knowledge to perform their role as leaders in the City. Each financial year, a local government is required to prepare a report on the training completed by council members in that financial year, as per the requirements under s.5.127 of the Local Government Act 1995.
Below is the most current training report.
Elected Members Fees, Expenses and Allowances
It is a requirement under s.5296A(1)(i) of the Local Government Act 1995 that details relating to the type, and the amount or value, of any fees, expenses or allowances paid to each council member during a financial year are published on our website.