Primary Returns and Annual Returns
The Local Government Act 1995 sets out requirements for Elected Members, CEOs and other employees to ensure transparency and accountability in decision-making. Elected Members and employees are required to make decisions in the best interests of the community and free from bias or conflicts of interest. In accordance with the Act local governments are required to publish a list of elected members and employees (by position) that lodged a primary return and annual return for each financial year, commencing after 1 July 2020.
A primary return is a snapshot of personal financial information as it exists upon the relevant person's start date and must be lodged within three months of the start date. An annual return retrospectively discloses any changes to the information previously disclosed in the primary return or new interests accumluated for the period since completing the primary return or last annual return and must be lodged no later than 31 August in any year.
Primary Return and Annual Return Lodgement