Process of update

Council is required under section 60 of the Local Government Act 2020 to develop, adopt, and keep in force Governance Rules which govern a range of vital functions including:

  • Conduct of Council meetings (including holding Council meetings by electronic means of communication)
  • Conduct of delegated committees (including holding meetings of delegated committees by electronic means of communication)
  • Election of the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor
  • Election period policy in accordance with section 69

Governance Rules must also provide for Council to:

  • Consider and make decisions on any matter being considered by the Council fairly and on the merits; and
  • Institute decision making processes to ensure that any person whose rights will be directly affected by a decision of the Council is entitled to communicate their views and have their interests considered.

Council adopted its current Governance Rules in August 2020 as part of the implementation of the new Local Government Act 2020.

Opportunities for improvement have become apparent, with changing community expectations such as broadcasting and electronic attendance.

The review has taken place against a larger social context of greater community participation at public meetings, the Council's responsibilities under various workplace and health and safety legislation, and the need to ensure democratic processes and decisions are able to be carried out in a transparent, orderly, and effective manner.

To comply with these legislative requirements, Council must amend its own Governance Rules to reflect the permanent change.