Roles and Codes
  • Last updated:
  • 25 May 2016

The role of councillors is to represent the community. They make decisions that benefit their divisions as well as the whole Sunshine Coast region, now and into the future. Councillors are responsible for:

  • providing leadership to the local government and the community
  • planning for the delivery of services
  • strategic planning for the future
  • developing policy
  • making local laws
  • complying with legislation.

Regular meetings are held to make decisions for the region and to discuss local issues. Council staff action the decisions made at council meetings.

Councillors are also responsible for portfolios or special areas of interest. See Councillor Portfolio System and Protocols for details about each councillor's area of interest.

Mayor's role

As well as being a councillor, the mayor has extra duties. The mayor:

  • leads and manages council meetings
  • prepares the budget
  • provides strategic direction
  • ensures that council decisions are actioned
  • represents council at civic or ceremonial functions.

Councillors' Code of Conduct

Council is committed to being open, accountable and ethical. Councillors' conduct and performance must comply with the Local Government Act 2009.

The local government principles outlined in the Act are:

  • transparent and effective processes
  • decision making in the public interest
  • sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure
  • delivery of effective services
  • democratic representation
  • social inclusion and meaningful community engagement
  • ethical and legal behaviour of councillors and employees.

Council also adopted a Code of Conduct for councillors. The code sets out legal, ethical and behavioural duties. It also explains how to make a complaint about a breach of the code. 

Councillors' expenses and facilities

Councillors’ Expenses Reimbursement and Provision of Facilities Policy

Councillors need certain facilities to help them perform their role. Councillors' expense and resource entitlements are outlined in the above policy.