What we do
We can only investigate certain types of concerns about councillors, council staff or elections. This is set out in the Local Government Act .
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Council matters such as:
✔ misuse of position by a councillor
✔ conflict of interest by a councillor, senior council employee or person providing advice to council
✔ disclosure of confidential information
✔ council election offences
✔ nomination of someone not qualified to be a council election candidate
✔ authorisation of electoral material
Other council matters such as:
✗ planning and building permits
✗ council services
✗ performance of council staff, unless related to offences under the act
✗ council decisions (unless there is a conflict of interest)
✗ council fines
✗ rates charges
✗ councillor code of conduct (such as profanity in meetings)
✗ holding closed meetings.
Disputes between individuals
✗ building and construction companies
✗ banking, credit, insurance or superannuation
✗ electricity water or gas
✗ rental agreements
Members of Parliament
Victorian government bodies
Universities and TAFEs
Australian government bodies:
✗ Australian Taxation Office
✗ Services Australia
✗ Australia Post
Decisions made by courts and tribunals
Other agencies or authorities may be able to help you with your complaint. Find the right agency or authority to contact when we can't help.
We can also receive complaints and enquiries by phone Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. However, due to our limited resources, you may get a more efficient response if you submit your complaint through the online form. While we can receive complaints by email, we do not assess or respond to emails that are addressed to other government agencies or individuals (such as 'mass distribution' emails CC'd to us and other agencies).
Sometimes you will not be able to get through to the phone to speak to us. This may be because we are taking another call or talking to someone else. If this happens, you can request that our complaints and enquiries staff call you back.
Our complaints process
When we receive a complaint, we assess it to determine if we are able to look into it. We aim to acknowledge complaints within five working days.
If we do investigate a matter, the investigation may not start immediately as our investigations are prioritised alongside the current workload. Investigations can take significant time to complete.
Once the investigation has been completed, you’ll be notified of the outcome.
Complaints about us
If you’d like to raise a concern about us, you can request a review by contacting the Operations Manager.
- the reason you’re not satisfied
- any supporting evidence.
If you have a complaint about a staff member from our team, please contact the Chief Municipal Inspector.
If the complaint relates to an administrative decision or function of the Inspectorate, and you have been unable to resolve this using the process above, you can lodge a formal complaint with Ombudsman .
More information and downloads
Integrity agencies and what they do
Local council complaints: if something is not right, who do I complain to?
Reviewed 02 March 2023