From time to time the public may be excluded from Council and Committee meetings.
Section 90 of the Local Government Act 1999 provides that a Council or Council Committee may order the public to be excluded from attendance at a meeting.
To do this the Council or Committee must apply for an order which will specify the reason for the order, duration of the order or the circumstances in which the order will cease to apply, or a period after which the order must be reviewed.
Council or a Council Committee will only make an order that a document associated with a discussion from which the public are excluded will remain confidential if it is considered proper and necessary in the broader community interest.
A review of the reports or documents that are the subject of orders of confidentiality are conducted to ensure that items are released to the public, in accordance with the resolutions of Council.
Legislation introducing a Code of Conduct for Council Members commenced on 1 September 2013.
The Code has been made by the Local Government (General) Variation Regulation 2013 and gazetted in the Government Gazette on 22 August 2013.
Download the gazette notice: Code of Conduct for Elected Members - Gazette Notice
For the purposes of 3.10 of the Code of Conduct, the threshold amount governing when a gift or benefit must be registered has been gazetted at $100.00.
Legislation introducing a Code of Conduct for Council Employees commenced on 13 February 2014. It was amended in 2018, coming into operation on 2 April 2018.
The Code of Conduct says that if an employee of a council receives a gift or benefit of an amount greater than the amount determined by the Minister, by notice in the Gazette, then the gift or benefit must be entered onto the Gifts and Benefits Register.
The threshold amount governing when a gift or benefit must be registered has been gazetted at $50.00.
Council is committed to transparency in decision making, and to providing access to a fair and objective procedure for the internal review of decisions.
Grievances may arise as a result of dissatisfaction with a decision made by Council, or its employees, on a wide range of issues including policy, procedure, service, fee, etc. All attempts will be made to resolve grievances quickly and efficiently, without the need for a formal request for review.
This Policy and Procedure provides information on formal requests for internal review of decisions of Council, its employees, and other people acting on behalf of Council. ‘Council’ refers to the decision making group of Elected Members, not the entire organisation.
Dealing with grievances at the local level is the most effective way of resolving matters quickly. Applicants for review of decisions will be encouraged to participate in the review handling process cooperatively. However, nothing in this Policy and Procedure negates community rights to seek external review through the State Ombudsman, other legal appeal processes, or the Courts at any time during the internal review process.
Councils Internal Review of Council Decisions Policy and Procedure has been adopted in accordance with Section 270 of the Local Government Act 1999. The Procedure is one aspect of Council’s customer focused approach to service delivery. It provides a further opportunity to review the way Council provides services to the community, and to identify areas for improvement.
The Internal Review of Council Decisions Policy and Procedure Document can be found in our Policies page here