Roles & responsibilities

The role of Council 

The role of the governing body is to direct and control the affairs of the Council in accordance with the Local Government Act. It is similar to a board of a public company as it oversees the activities of Council but is not involved in the day-to-day running of activities.

The Act classifies certain Council’s functions as service, that is, non-regulatory, regulatory or ancillary. Ancillary functions are those functions that assist the carrying out of a council’s service and regulatory functions. A council also has revenue functions, administrative functions and functions relating to the enforcement of this Act. Council also has other functions conferred on it by many other pieces of legislation.

Roles and responsibilities

The Local Government Act provides guidance on the roles of councillors, the general manager, the mayor, and the public officer.

The roles and responsibilities of other Council officials are defined in contracts of employment, position descriptions, delegations of functions and Council policies and procedures.

We employ specialist and professional staff to carry out the day-to-day operations of the Council, and to implement policies and other decisions of the Council as directed by the General Manager.

We strive to have effective working relationships that are promoted and supported among the Mayor, Councillors, General Manager and the administration.

Importantly, all roles are understood and accepted by each other.

The relationship and interaction between staff and Councillors is governed by the Code of Conduct and the Councillor Communication policy and protocol.