Project update

The Governance Rules and Election Period Policy was adopted by Council on 14 November 2022 with one amendment.

  • Councillor speaking time for ‘right of reply’ was extended from the proposed time of 1 minute to a speaking time of 2 minutes.

Watch a recording of the Council Meeting or view the Council minutes and report here.

Thank you for your feedback on the Governance Rules Review.

What you told us

We received 21 contributions to our online survey on Shaping Banyule with overwhelming support for the proposed changes to the Governance Rules.

What next?

In 2023, stage 2 of the review, will incorporate public participation in Council meeting into the Rules – petitions, joint letters, request to address and question time. Watch this space as this evolves next year.

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Governance Rules

They guide Council meeting procedures, voting processes, debate, the election of the mayor and deputy mayor, and community participation in Council meetings, and are required under Section 60 of the Local Government Act 2020.

From September 2022, a change to the Local Government Act 2020 will permanently allow councils to conduct meetings online. This has prompted us to look at how virtual meetings take place and other changes to our governance rules based on best practice.