Accountability & Governance

Accountability & Governance

In accordance with the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996, regulations 29C & 29D, the Shire of Irwin provides the following: 

  • Fees, allowances & expenses paid to each Elected Member during the financial year
  • The position of each employee & Elected Member who have lodged a primary or annual return for the financial year 
  • Training completed by Elected Members 

Elected Members fees and allowances are determined by the salaries and allowances tribunal according to band classification for local governments in Western Australia. The Shire of Irwin is classified by the tribunal as a Band 3 local government.

A primary return is a snapshot of personal financial information as it exists upon the relevant person’s start date and must be lodged within three months of the start date.

An annual return retrospectively discloses any changes to the information previously disclosed in the primary return or new interests accumulated for the period since completing the primary return or last annual return and must be lodged no later than 31 August in any year.

Financial Returns

Submitted Financial Returns


Section 5.75 and 5.76 of the Local Government Act 1995 (“Act”) set out the requirements for elected members, Chief Executive Officer and delegated employees to complete a Primary Return within three months of the start date or an annual return by the 31 August of the year.

Section 5.96A (1) (i) of the Act requires the name of each council member and position of each employee who lodge a primary return or annual return for a financial year beginning on or after 1 July 2020 to be published on the Shire’s website.


REGISTER OF GIFTS RETURNS 01.07.2020-29.02.2024


2021/2022 2020/2021 2019/2020
Name of Staff Member or Council MemberAnnual Financial Return SubmittedPrimary Return Submitted

Shane Ivers

Chief Executive Officer

26 August 202027 March 2018

Brendan Jeans

Manager Regulatory Services

8 July 202014 December 2017

Shannon Potts

HR Coordinator

16 June 202023 January 2019

Peter Traylen

Works Supervisor

31 July 202021 August 2018

Danika Chandler

Governance & Executive Coordinator

17 June 202024 January 2019

Jenny Goodbourn

Supervisor Finance

23 June 202013 May 2020

Gordon Houston

Environmental Health Consultant

13 August 2020n/a

Cr Michael Smith


23 June 202013 February 2012

Cr Barry Wyse

Deputy President

13 July 202022 December 2017

Cr Grant Eva

23 June 202010 December 2019

Cr Andrew Gillam

28 August 20205 June 2018
Cr Mark Leonard23 June 20209 December 2013
Cr Isabelle Scott19 June 202021 December 2017
Cr Hayley Wells30 June 202020 January 2020
Cr Ian West22 June 202027 October 2009

Report on Training

Report on Training

In accordance with section 5.127 of the Local Government Act 1995, the Shire will publish a report detailing the training completed by Councillors for the financial year. The report will be published after the end of the financial year to which the report relates.

Please note that the Councillors elected in October after an Ordinary Election are required to complete the Council Member Essentials training courses within 12 months of becoming elected, in accordance with Regulation 35 of the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996

These reports document training courses completed by Elected Members in a financial year.

Report on Training 2019/20 Report on Training 2020/21REPORT ON TRAINING 2021-22

Register of Complaints for Minor Breaches

Register of Complaints

5.121. Register of certain complaints of minor breaches

(1) The complaints officer for each local government is required to maintain a register of complaints which records all complaints that result in a finding under section 5.110(2)(a) that a minor breach has occurred.

(2) The register of complaints is to include, for each recorded complaint — (a) the name of the council member about whom the complaint is made; and (b) the name of the person who makes the complaint; and (c) a description of the minor breach that the standards panel finds has occurred; and (d) details of the action taken under section 5.110(6).

(3) The CEO must publish an up-to-date version of the register of complaints on the local government’s official website. [Section 5.121 inserted: No. 1 of 2007 s. 11; amended: No. 16 of 2019 s. 58.]

Register of Compaints for Minor Breaches