Community Leadership

2019/20
NSW Overview

Demographics of Councillors

under 30 years
31 - 60 years
over 60 years

Councillor population (%)

state population (%)


Councillor population gender

State population gender


Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander

Non English
Speaking Background

Councillor population (%)

State population (%)


Code of Conduct Complaints Received


Code of Conduct Complaints

A code of conduct complaint alleges a council official, acting in their official capacity, has breached the standards covered by the council’s adopted code of conduct.

The number of code of conduct complaints received by a council about its councillors or the general manager is often an indicator of the internal health of the organisation and are often symptomatic of political infighting or interpersonal conflict.

For the reporting period 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020:

  • 76 councils received one or more code of conduct complaint
  • 395 code of conduct complaints about councillors or general managers were received by councils

The total estimated cost of dealing with code of conduct complaints by all councils was $1,593,416