Ms Scaffidi and officials from the Department of Local Government took part in mediation over the issue in the State Administrative Tribunal today.

As she left the building, the Lord Mayor said the talks had been adjourned until late next month, with a “prospect” it will go to a hearing in mid-January.

The department took action against Ms Scaffidi after releasing a highly critical report that alleged the Lord Mayor breached the Local Government Act 45 times by accepting prohibited gifts and failing to properly declare others between 2008 and 2015.

The allegations relate to Ms Scaffidi’s attendance at 21 events over the seven-year period, including a BHP-funded $US36,000 business class trip to the Beijing Olympics with her husband, and three nights’ accommodation at the exclusive Cable Beach Club in Broome, courtesy of property management company Hawaiian, for the Broome Cup.

The departmental inquiry was conducted by the director-general of the Department of Local Government, following a damning report from the Corruption and Crime Commission which found Cr Scaffidi had engaged in serious misconduct.

Today’s mediation was aimed at getting the department and Ms Scaffidi to come to an agreed “position” over the allegations to avoid it going to a hearing.

Ms Scaffidi has always denied any wrongdoing, maintaining she was acting within the City of Perth’s flawed guidelines and policies and never intended to conceal any travel or gifts.