The Role Of A Councillor

The Role Of A Councillor

The fundamental role of a councillor is to serve the interests of their community as a whole. In the event of a conflict between the public and private interests of the councillor or related persons, the overall public interest must prevail.

The Local Government Act 2009 clearly distinguishes between the roles and responsibilities of councillors and council employees.

As an elected representative, a councillor:

  • Is an active and contributing member of the local government.
  • Makes considered and well-informed decisions.
  • Advocates on behalf of constituents.
  • Represents the overall public interest of the whole local government area, together with their geographical division.
  • Meets formally with other councillors, with an equal voice to make decisions by voting on matters.
  • Is responsible for strategic vision and planning for the future of the local government area to deliver outcomes for their community.
  • Is not responsible for the day-to-day administration of Council, operational matters, or overseeing the work done by local government employees.
  • Cannot direct any Council employees.

Role of your Council brochure [PDF, 1MB]

This information can be found on the Redland City Council website.