Administrative action complaints
  • Last updated:
  • 01 Feb 2021

Sunshine Coast Council (Council) is committed to delivering high quality customer service, and to acting fairly, ethically, responsibly and lawfully. Council has a customer service charter detailing its commitment to high quality customer service standards. However, it is recognised that at times, complaints may be made about standards of service delivery, the conduct of staff, and decisions relating to the application of organisational policies, procedures and practices.

Council will consider and investigate complaints made in accordance with its administrative action complaints management policy. This policy applies to all complaints within council’s jurisdiction, regardless of their nature. Council is currently working on the development of an Unreasonable Complainant Conduct Policy which will detail council's approach to managing the conduct of unreasonable complainants. In the interim, council currently relies on the recommendation provided by the Ombudsman on managing unreasonable complainant conduct.

Administrative action complaints do not include initial requests for service or reporting damage or faulty infrastructure. Requests for service (eg pothole repair, bin collection) should be submitted on line or via council’s Customer Contact Centre.

If a service request has been previously lodged and you are dissatisfied with how it was resolved, you can lodge a complaint in accordance with council's Administrative Action Complaints Management Process (AACMP). The AACMP outlines how council will investigate concerns about the services, actions or decisions of council.

  • The AACMP does not cover investigations into complaints about Complaints made by a person who is not an "affected person"
  • Any decision made under Local Law or State Legislation where there is a separate statutory review process
  • Petitions to council about a matter
  • Comments or submissions received during formal consultation or community engagement
  • A follow up or further request for service that has not yet been completed by council but is still within the timeframes advised to the customer
  • Complaints about Councillor conduct
  • Matters that have already been subject to an internal review and an outcome has been determined
  • Matters that may involve criminal offences, which should be reported to QPS
  • Matters in which council has no jurisdiction, such as civil neighbour disputes, trespass, air traffic control

You can find more information in council's Administrative Action Complaints Management Process[738KB]

Anonymous complaints will be accepted however council's ability to adequately deal with and communicate about the issue may be impacted.

Any personal information that you provide to council will be handled in accordance with Council's Information Privacy Policy

Requests for service

Any initial concerns you have, or a request for service, should be managed in the first instance by lodging a service request. This may include (for example) matters like:

  • Street parking
  • Animal management concerns (ie. barking dogs)
  • Public health concerns
  • Pot holes in the road; or
  • Bin collections

Staff conduct complaints

Council takes all allegations of fraudulent and/or corrupt behaviour seriously. In relation to suspicions of serious misconduct (i.e. fraud, corruption) you may direct your complaint immediately to the Corporate Governance Branch for investigation or complain directly to the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Lodging a complaint


To lodge an administrative action complaint please complete the Administrative Action Complaints form[612KB]

Complaint forms should be emailed to

In person

You can lodge a complaint by contacting council.

Assistance available

If you require interpreter services, or have special communication needs to complete an administrative action complaints form, please contact council for assistance.