The Local Government Act 2020 requires Councillors and Nominated Officers of West Wimmera Shire Council to complete Personal Interest Returns (PIR).
A PIR must be completed within 30 days of the commencement in their role, and then biannually in March and September of each subsequent year.
The Victorian Government imposes penalties for false and incomplete information provided in any PIR, and for failing to lodge the PIR within the legislated timeframes.
Council is required to provide public access to a summary of the PIR's which have been lodged.
The current summary is available by clicking on this link.(PDF, 175KB)
For the sake of clarity, please note the following points from the LG Act 2020.
- Council is required to ensure that PIR's are kept in accordance with the Public Records Act 1973
- Council must ensure that only the following persons have access to or can inspect the full completed version of the PIRs:
- The CEO of a member of Council staff who is responsible for managing the PIR's or preparing the PIR summary
- A Municipal Monitor
- The Chief Municipal Inspector or a person they authorise
- A Commission of Inquiry
- The person who lodged the PIR
- A person who has obtained a Court Order to do so