City of Brisbane Act 2010


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City of Brisbane Act 2010
Queensland City of Brisbane Act 2010 Current as at [Not applicable] Indicative reprint note This is an unofficial version of a reprint of this Act that incorporates all proposed amendments to the Act included in the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 1 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. This indicative reprint has been prepared for information only— it is not an authorised reprint of the Act . The point-in-time date for this indicative reprint is the introduction date for the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 1 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018—6 March 2018. Detailed information about indicative reprints is available on the Information page of the Queensland legislation website.
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Not authorised —indicative only Queensland City of Brisbane Act 2010 Contents Chapter 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 Chapter 2 Part 1 7 Part 2 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Part 3 16 17 18 Part 4 Division 1 19 Division 2 Page Preliminary Short title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Commencement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Purpose of this Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Local government principles underpin this Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Relationship with Local Government Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Brisbane City Council City of Brisbane City of Brisbane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Council constitution, responsibilities and powers What this part is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 The Brisbane City Council’s responsibility for Brisbane . . . . . . . 17 Brisbane City Council is a body corporate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Powers of council generally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Power includes power to conduct joint government activities . . . 18 Who the council is constituted by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Responsibilities of councillors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Responsibilities of council employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Wards of Brisbane What this part is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Wards of Brisbane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Review of wards of Brisbane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Changing Brisbane area or representation Introduction What this part is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 The process for change
Not authorised —indicative only City of Brisbane Act 2010 Contents 20 21 22 23 Chapter 3 Part 1 Division 1 24 Division 2 25 26 Part 2 Division 1 27 28 Division 2 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Division 3 37 38 39 40 41 41A Division 4 42 Division 5 42A 42B Part 3 Page 2 Who may start the change process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assessment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Implementation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Decisions under this division are not subject to appeal . . . . . . . . The business of the council Statutory committees and council meetings Statutory committees of the council Establishment and Coordination Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meetings of the council or its committees Chairperson of the council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mayor as member of standing committees of the council . . . . . . Local laws Introduction What this part is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Interaction with State laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Making, recording and reviewing local laws Power to make a local law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Local law making process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . State interest check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Publication of local laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Expiry of interim local law revives previous law . . . . . . . . . . . . . Local law register . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Consolidated versions of local laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Local laws that can not be made What this division is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Network connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Election advertising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Development processes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anti-competitive provisions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Swimming pool safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Action by the Minister about particular local laws Suspending or revoking particular local laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miscellaneous Local law about seizing and disposing of personal property . . . . Owners’ liability for party houses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beneficial enterprises and business activities 24 24 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 30 30 32 33 33 33 34 34 34 35 35 36 37 38
Division 1 43 44 45 Division 2 47 48 49 50 51 52 Part 4 Division 1 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 Division 2 83 84 85 86 City of Brisbane Act 2010 Contents Beneficial enterprises What this division is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conducting beneficial enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Identifying beneficial enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Business reform, including competitive neutrality What this division is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ways to apply the competitive neutrality principle . . . . . . . . . . . . Identifying significant business activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assessing public benefit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Code of competitive conduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Competitive neutrality complaints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roads and other infrastructure Roads What this division is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Control of roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Notice of intention to acquire land to widen a road . . . . . . . . . . . Compensation for a notice of intention to acquire land . . . . . . . . Appeal on a claim for compensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acquisition of land instead of compensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is to happen if a realignment is not carried out . . . . . . . . . Compensation if realignment not carried out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acquiring land for use as a footpath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Notice to the council of opening or closing of roads . . . . . . . . . . Closing roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Temporary roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Brisbane River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Road levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assessment of impacts on roads from certain activities . . . . . . . Categorisation of roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roads map and register . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Unauthorised works on roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stormwater drains What this division is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Connecting stormwater installation to stormwater drain . . . . . . . No connecting sewerage to stormwater drain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No trade waste or prohibited substances in stormwater drain . . 40 40 41 41 42 43 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 52 53 54 55 55 56 57 58 59 59 60 61 61 62 64 Page 3 Not authorised —indicative only
City of Brisbane Act 2010 Contents Not authorised —indicative only 87 Division 3 88 89 90 91 92 Part 5 92A 92B 92C 92D Chapter 4 Part 1 93 94 95 96 97 98 Part 2 99 100 101 Part 3 102 103 104 Part 4 105 106 107 108 109 Chapter 5 Interference with path of stormwater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Other infrastructure Malls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 City Botanic Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Resumption of prescribed land by council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Ferry services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Materials in infrastructure are council property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Caretaker period arrangements Caretaker period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Prohibition on major policy decision in caretaker period . . . . . . . 70 Invalidity of major policy decision in caretaker period without approval 70 Prohibition on election material in caretaker period . . . . . . . . . . 71 Finances and accountability Rates and charges What this part is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Types of rates and charges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Land on which rates are levied . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Power to levy rates and charges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Overdue rates and charges are a charge over rateable land . . . 75 Regulations for rates and charges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Fees Cost-recovery fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Register of cost-recovery fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Fees on occupiers of land below the high-water mark . . . . . . . . 78 Financial planning and accountability Statutory Bodies Financial Arrangements Act applies to council 78 Systems of financial management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Approval of budget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Councillors’ financial accountability What this part is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Councillor’s discretionary funds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Councillors liable for improper disbursements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Councillors liable for loans to individuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Councillors liable for improper borrowings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Monitoring and enforcing the local government related laws Page 4
City of Brisbane Act 2010 Contents Not authorised —indicative only Part 1 110 111 112 113 Part 2 Division 1 Subdivision 1 114 115 Subdivision 2 116 Subdivision 3 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 123A 124 125 126 Division 2 127 127A 128 129 130 131 132 133 The council What this part is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Decisions under this part are not subject to appeal . . . . . . . . . . 83 Gathering information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Acting on the information gathered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 The public Powers of authorised persons Introduction What this division is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Producing authorised person’s identity card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Power to require a person’s name and address Power to require a person’s name and address . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Powers to enter property etc. Entering a public place that is open without the need for permission 87 Entering private property with, and in accordance with, the occupier’s permission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Entering private property with, and in accordance with, a warrant 89 Warrants—applications made electronically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Entering under an application, permit or notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Entering property under an approved inspection program . . . . . 94 Approving an inspection program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Entry by authorised person, at reasonable times, to inspect regulated pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 General powers after entering a property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Authorised person to give notice of damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Compensation for damage or loss caused after entry . . . . . . . . . 99 Powers of other persons What this division is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Notices for this division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Identity card for use under this division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Entry with, and in accordance with, permission of occupier . . . . 102 Entry by an owner, with reasonable entry notice, under a remedial notice 103 Occupier may discharge owner’s obligations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Entry by a council worker, with reasonable entry notice, under a remedial notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Entry by a council worker, with reasonable entry notice, to take materials Page 5
Not authorised —indicative only City of Brisbane Act 2010 Contents 134 135 136 137 138 Part 3 Division 1 139 Division 2 140 141 142 Division 3 143 144 145 146 147 Part 4 148 149 150 Chapter 6 Part 1 151 Part 2 Division 1 152 153 154 155 156 157 105 Entry by a council worker, at reasonable times, to repair etc. facilities 106 Entry by a council worker, at any time, for urgent action . . . . . . . 107 Entry with, and in accordance with, a court order . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Compensation for damage or loss caused . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Limitation of time in absence of notice of work done . . . . . . . . . . 110 Investigation of council records Introduction What this part is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Investigations by department Producing authorised officer’s identity card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Making of inquiries for department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Power to require information or document for department investigation 111 Investigations by council Producing authorised person’s identity card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Making of inquiries for council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Power to require information or document for council investigation 113 Referral to department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Chief executive officer not subject to direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Offences Obstructing enforcement of this Act or local laws etc. . . . . . . . . . 115 Impersonating an authorised person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Duty to make documents available . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Administration Introduction What this chapter is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Councillors Qualifications of councillors Qualifications of councillors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Disqualification for certain offences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Disqualification of prisoners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Disqualification because of other high office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Disqualification during bankruptcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Judicial review of qualifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Page 6
158 Division 2 159 160 160A Division 3 161 162 163 164 165 166 Division 4 167 Division 5 169 170 171 172 173 173A 173B 177 Division 5A 177A 177B 177C 177D 177E 177F 177G 177H 177I 177J City of Brisbane Act 2010 Contents Acting as councillor without authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Councillor’s term of office When a councillor’s term starts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 When a councillor’s term ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Compulsory leave without pay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Vacancies in councillor’s office What this division is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 When a councillor’s office becomes vacant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 When a vacancy in an office must be filled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Filling a vacancy in the office of mayor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Acting mayor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Filling a vacancy in the office of another councillor . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Councillors with other jobs Councillors and council jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Obligations of councillors Obligations of councillors before acting in office . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Giving directions to council staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Requests for assistance or information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Inspection of particular records by councillors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Use of information by councillors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Prohibited conduct by councillor in possession of inside information 129 Obligation of councillor to correct register of interests . . . . . . . . 131 Post-election meetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Dealing with councillors’ personal interests in council matters Purpose of division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Meaning of material personal interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Councillor’s material personal interest at a meeting . . . . . . . . . . 133 Meaning of conflict of interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Councillor’s conflict of interest at a meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Minister’s approval for councillor to participate or be present to decide matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Duty to report another councillor’s material personal interest or conflict of interest at a meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Offence to take retaliatory action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Offence for councillor with material personal interest or conflict of interest to influence others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Records about material personal interests and conflicts of interests at Page 7 Not authorised —indicative only
City of Brisbane Act 2010 Contents Not authorised —indicative only Division 6 178 178A 179 180 180A 181 182 183 183A 186 Division 7 186A Part 3 187 188 189 Part 4 Division 1 190 191 Division 2 192 193 194 Division 3 195 196 197 198 Part 5 199 200 201 202 Page 8 meetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conduct and performance of councillors What this division is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Application to former councillors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Preliminary assessments of complaints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Action after preliminary assessments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Preliminary dealings with complaints before hearing . . . . . . . . . Notifying councillor of the hearing of a complaint . . . . . . . . . . . . Hearing and deciding complaints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taking disciplinary action—BCC councillor conduct review panel Records about complaints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Application of Crime and Corruption Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conduct in meetings of the council Conduct in meetings of the council or its committees . . . . . . . . . BCC councillor conduct review panel Appointing members of the BCC councillor conduct review panel Remuneration and appointment conditions of members . . . . . . . Conflict of interests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Council employees Chief executive officer Appointing a chief executive officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appointing an acting chief executive officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Other council employees Appointing senior contract employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appointing other council employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Disciplinary action against council employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Common provisions Concurrent employment of council employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Improper conduct by council employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Use of information by council employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annual report must detail remuneration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Authorised persons Appointing authorised persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . End of appointment of authorised persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Identity card for authorised persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Authorised persons must disclose change in criminal history . . . 140 141 143 144 145 146 147 148 148 150 151 151 152 154 154 154 155 155 156 156 156 157 157 158 159 159 160 160
203 204 Chapter 7 Part 1 205 206 207 208 Part 2 209 210 211 212 Part 3 213 214 Part 4 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 City of Brisbane Act 2010 Contents Chief executive officer may obtain report from police commissioner 161 Use of criminal history information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Other provisions Way to hold a hearing What this part is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Procedures at hearing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Witnesses at hearings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Contempt at hearing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Superannuation What this part is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Super scheme for councillors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Superannuation scheme for council employees and associated persons 165 Super schemes to be audited by auditor-general . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Allocating Commonwealth funding to council Allocating Commonwealth funding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Decisions under this division are not subject to appeal . . . . . . . . 166 Legal provisions False or misleading information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Administrators who act honestly and without negligence are protected from liability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Who is authorised to sign council documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Name in proceedings by or against council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Service of documents on council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Substituted service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Local government related laws requiring a statement of a law . . 170 Acting for council in legal proceedings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Attempt to commit offence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Types of offences under this Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Time to start proceedings in a summary way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Decisions not subject to appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Judges and other office holders not disqualified from adjudicating 173 Where fines are to be paid to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Evidence of local laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Evidence of proceedings of council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Evidentiary value of copies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Page 9 Not authorised —indicative only
City of Brisbane Act 2010 Contents Not authorised —indicative only 232 233 234 235 Part 5 236 237 238 239 240 Part 6 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 250 250A 251 252 Chapter 8 Part 1 253 Part 2 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 Page 10 Evidentiary value of certificates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Evidence of directions given to council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Evidence of complainant’s knowledge of matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . Constitution and limits of council need not be proved . . . . . . . . . Delegation of powers Delegation of Minister’s powers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Delegation of department’s chief executive’s powers . . . . . . . . . Delegation of council powers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Delegation of chief executive officer’s powers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Council delegations register . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Other provisions Public office of the council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Powers in support of responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Validity of council proceedings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acceptable requests guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Insurance to cover councillors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Special entertainment precincts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Land registry searches free of charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Approved forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Process for administrative action complaints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advisory polls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Information for the Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regulation-making power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Repeal, transitional, savings and validation provisions Repeals Repeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transitional and savings provisions for Act No. 23 of 2010 What this part is about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brisbane City Council continued . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Local laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Decisions under repealed Acts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Established malls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Proceedings and evidence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super trust deed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Registers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . References to repealed Acts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 175 176 176 176 176 176 177 177 178 178 178 179 179 179 180 181 181 182 182 182 183 184 184 184 185 186 186 186 187 187
Not authorised —indicative only Part 4 266 Part 5 267 268 Part 6 269 Part 7 270 271 272 273 274 275 Schedule 1 City of Brisbane Act 2010 Contents Transitional provision for Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2011 Continued superannuation scheme for council employees . . . . . 187 Transitional provisions for Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012 Change in dealing with complaints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 Change in process for making local laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 Validation provision for Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 Validation of rates charged . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Transitional provisions for Planning (Consequential) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016 Definitions for part . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Existing development application—resumption of particular land 190 Entry under existing application, permit or notice . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Existing remedial notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Existing inside information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 Existing unpaid fine—where fine to be paid to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 Dictionary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 Page 11
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City of Brisbane Act 2010 City of Brisbane Act 2010 Chapter 1 Preliminary [s 1] An Act to provide a system of local government in the City of Brisbane Not authorised —indicative only Chapter 1 Preliminary 1 Short title This Act may be cited as the City of Brisbane Act 2010 . 2 Commencement (1) This Act, other than the following, commences on 1 July 2010— (a) section 344; (b) schedule 1, amendments of this Act. (2) Schedule 1, amendments of this Act, commences on 2 July 2010. 3 Purpose of this Act (1) The purpose of this Act is to provide for— (a) the way in which the Brisbane City Council is constituted and the unique nature and extent of its responsibilities and powers; and (b) a system of local government in Brisbane that is accountable, effective, efficient and sustainable. Current as at [Not applicable] Page 13
Not authorised —indicative only City of Brisbane Act 2010 Chapter 1 Preliminary [s 4] (2) Compared to other local governments in Queensland, the council is unique in its nature and the extent of its responsibilities and powers for the following reasons— (a) Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland; (b) the council is the largest provider of local government services in Queensland; (c) there are 26 councillors (other than the mayor) who each represent the interests of the residents of a ward; (d) the mayor has unique responsibilities as the mayor of a capital city; (e) the council has an Establishment and Coordination Committee that coordinates its business; (f) the chairperson of the council presides at all of its meetings and is responsible for ensuring its rules of procedure are observed and enforced. 4 Local government principles underpin this Act (1) To ensure the system of local government in Brisbane is accountable, effective, efficient and sustainable, Parliament requires— (a) anyone who is performing a responsibility under this Act to do so in accordance with the local government principles; and (b) any action that is taken under this Act to be taken in a way that— (i) is consistent with the local government principles; and (ii) provides results that are consistent with the local government principles, in as far as the results are within the control of the person who is taking the action. (2) The local government principles are— Page 14 Current as at [Not applicable]
Not authorised —indicative only City of Brisbane Act 2010 Chapter 1 Preliminary [s 5] (a) transparent and effective processes, and decision-making in the public interest; and (b) sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure, and delivery of effective services; and (c) democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement; and (d) good governance of, and by, local government; and (e) ethical and legal behaviour of councillors and council employees. 5 Relationship with Local Government Act (1) Although the Brisbane City Council is a local government, this Act, rather than the Local Government Act, provides for— (a) the way in which the Brisbane City Council is constituted and the nature and extent of its responsibilities and powers; and (b) a system of local government in Brisbane. (2) Generally, the Local Government Act does not apply to the Brisbane City Council or its councillors, employees, agents or contractors. (3) However, particular provisions of the Local Government Act apply, or may apply, to the Brisbane City Council as a local government. Examples— 1 The Local Government Act, chapter 7, part 2 applies to the council as a local government for the purpose of superannuation for certain persons who are connected to the council. 2 The Local Government Act, chapter 2A would apply to the council if the council were a component local government for a joint local government. Current as at [Not applicable] Page 15
City of Brisbane Act 2010 Chapter 2 Brisbane City Council [s 6] 6 Definitions The dictionary in schedule 1 defines particular words used in this Act. Not authorised —indicative only Chapter 2 Brisbane City Council Part 1 City of Brisbane 7 City of Brisbane (1) The area of Brisbane continues to be a city under the name ‘City of Brisbane’. (2) The boundaries of Brisbane are the boundaries of the city immediately before 1 July 2010 and as subsequently varied under this Act. (3) Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland. (4) A regulation may describe the boundaries of Brisbane. Part 2 Council constitution, responsibilities and powers 8 What this part is about This part explains— (a) what the Brisbane City Council is; and (b) who constitutes the council; and (c) the responsibilities and powers of the council, its councillors and its employees. Page 16 Current as at [Not applicable]
Not authorised —indicative only City of Brisbane Act 2010 Chapter 2 Brisbane City Council [s 9] 9 The Brisbane City Council’s responsibility for Brisbane The Brisbane City Council (the council ) is the elected body that is responsible for the good rule and local government of Brisbane. 10 Brisbane City Council is a body corporate The council— (a) is a body corporate with perpetual succession; and (b) has a common seal; and (c) may sue and be sued, and otherwise exercise its powers, under the name ‘Brisbane City Council’. 11 Powers of council generally (1) The council has the power to do anything that is necessary or convenient for the good rule and local government of Brisbane. Note— Also, see section 242 for more information about powers. (2) However, the council can only do something that the State can validly do. (3) When exercising a power, the council may take account of Aboriginal tradition and Island custom. (4) The council may exercise its powers— (a) inside Brisbane; or (b) outside Brisbane (including outside Queensland)— (i) with the written approval of the Minister; or (ii) as provided under section 12(5). (5) When the council is exercising a power in a place that is outside Brisbane, the council has the same jurisdiction in the place as if the place were inside Brisbane. Current as at [Not applicable] Page 17
Not authorised —indicative only City of Brisbane Act 2010 Chapter 2 Brisbane City Council [s 12] (6) Subsections (7) and (8) apply if the council is a component local government for a joint local government. (7) Despite subsection (1), the council may not, within the joint local government’s area, exercise a power for which the joint local government has jurisdiction. (8) However, the council may exercise the power as a delegate of the joint local government. 12 Power includes power to conduct joint government activities (1) The council may exercise its powers by cooperating with 1 or more other local, State or Commonwealth government to conduct a joint government activity. (2) A joint government activity includes providing a service, or operating a facility, that involves the other governments. (3) The cooperation with another government may take any form, including for example— (a) entering into an agreement; or (b) creating a joint local government entity, or joint government entity, to oversee the joint government activity; or (c) being a component local government for a joint local government. Note— For the establishment of joint local governments, see the Local Government Act, chapter 2A. (4) A joint government activity may be set up for more than 1 purpose. Example— Three local governments may create a joint local government entity to manage an aerodrome that services each of their local government areas, and may also enter into an agreement to sell water in bulk to one of the local governments. Page 18 Current as at [Not applicable]
Not authorised —indicative only City of Brisbane Act 2010 Chapter 2 Brisbane City Council [s 13] (5) The council may exercise a power in another government’s area for the purposes of a joint government activity, in the way agreed by the governments. (6) However, if the power is to be exercised under a local law, the local law must expressly state that it applies to the other government’s area. Note— See section 30 for more information about making local laws. 13 Who the council is constituted by (1) Usually, the council is constituted by the mayor and 26 other councillors who are elected or appointed to the council under this Act or the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 . (2) However, if there are no councillors for any reason, the council is constituted by its chief executive officer. 14 Responsibilities of councillors (1) A councillor must represent the current and future interests of the residents of Brisbane. (2) All councillors have the same responsibilities, but the mayor has some extra responsibilities. (3) All councillors have the following responsibilities— (a) ensuring the council— (i) discharges its responsibilities under this Act; and (ii) achieves its corporate plan; and (iii) complies with all laws that apply to the council; (b) providing high quality leadership to the council and the community; (c) participating, for the benefit of Brisbane, in— (i) meetings of the council; and Current as at [Not applicable] Page 19
Not authorised —indicative only City of Brisbane Act 2010 Chapter 2 Brisbane City Council [s 15] (ii) policy development and decision-making about matters being considered at a meeting of the council; (d) being accountable to the community for the council’s performance. (4) The mayor has the following extra responsibilities— (a) implementing the policies adopted by the council; (b) developing and implementing policies, other than policies that conflict with policies adopted by the council; (c) leading and controlling the business of the council; (d) preparing a budget to present to the council; (e) leading, managing, and providing strategic direction to the chief executive officer in order to achieve high quality administration of the council; (f) ensuring that the council promptly provides the Minister with the information about Brisbane, or the council, that is requested by the Minister; (g) arranging representation of the council at ceremonial or civic functions; (h) directing the chief executive officer and senior contract employees of the council. (5) When performing a responsibility, a councillor must serve the overall public interest of the whole of Brisbane. 15 Responsibilities of council employees (1) All employees of the council have the following responsibilities— (a) implementing the policies and priorities of the council in a way that promotes— (i) the effective, efficient and economical management of public resources; and Page 20 Current as at [Not applicable]
Not authorised —indicative only City of Brisbane Act 2010 Chapter 2 Brisbane City Council [s 15] (ii) excellence in service delivery; and (iii) continual improvement; (b) carrying out their duties in a