Annual Report 2004-2005 Ombudsman 27th Report
Tabled paper 283
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Tabled By Claire Martin
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___________________________________________________________ Ombudsmans Annual Report 2004/05 31 a lack of clear understanding or knowledge of responsibilities/functions under the Local Government Act by council Chief Executive Officers and council members; and a lack of understanding as to the appropriate identification and management of conflicts of interest by council Chief Executive Officers and council members. In light of the findings, a number of recommendations under section 26(2) of the Ombudsman (Northern Territory) Act were made and included: 1. That the Department establish and implement an appropriate protocol with the Minister for Local Government to facilitate the sharing of relevant information in all instances where a community government organisation applies for needs based funding under the Local Government Funding Program; 2. That the Department advise the Ombudsman on what mechanisms are in place or would be implemented to ensure that information received from local governing bodies about their Special Purpose Grant applications, including formal acceptances of such grants, is accurate; 3. That the Department instigate an appropriate ongoing training program for all departmental staff to inform them of their respective obligations and responsibilities under relevant legislation, particularly the Local Government Act; 4. That the Department obtain legal or other advice as to the possible avenues for recovery of the grant money provided to the Council; 5. That the Department report to the Ombudsman as to the specific action(s) it proposed to take as a result of the finalised compliance audit report on the Council; 6. That the Department facilitate or promote an appropriate ongoing training process to familiarise the Councils staff, its CEO and members of the Council with the requirements and obligations of the Local Government Act; 7. That the Council implement an appropriate ongoing training process to familiarise Councils staff, its members and CEO with the requirements and obligations of the Local Government Act; 8. That there should be a complete review of the Councils policies in regard to the duties and responsibilities of Councils staff, its members and CEO; 9. That the Council implement a policy pertaining to the management of conf lict of interest situations; 10. That the Minister for Local Government refer the findings with regard to the possible contravention or failure to comply with the provisions of the Local Government Act by the Councils CEO to the relevant agency responsible for the administration of the Local Government Act with a view to determining whether any further action is required against the CEO;