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A councillor has a material personal interest in a matter if a decision or action taken by the local government or any of its committees on that matter may result in a direct or indirect benefit or loss to any of the following:

(Local Government Act 2009, section 172 (2); City of Brisbane Act, section 174):

Councillors must declare material personal interest

If you have a material personal interest you must tell the meeting about your interest and leave the meeting while the matter is discussed and a decision is made.

Exceptions

The legislation does provide some exceptions. A councillor does not have a material personal interest if the:

Failure to declare a material personal interest

If you fail to disclose a material personal interest you may be guilty of an offence which carries a maximum penalty of a $22,000 fine or two years imprisonment. If convicted of this offence, a councillor is automatically disqualified.

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