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.
Here are some of the key changes proposed for the Governance Rules:
- Inclusion of a Statement to Good Governance
- The amendments made to the provisions for the Election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor
- Inclusion of general business – how items of general business can be raised and the parameters around them
- Changes to speaking times for Councillors when moving, seconding motions and for Councillors engaging in debate
- The process for calling and holding electronic Council Meetings
- Updates made to Chapter 7 - Election Period Policy (such as terminology updates)
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Frequently asked questions
- Why is Council reviewing it's Governance Rules?
- What are the Governance Rules?
- How can I participate in the review of the Governance Rules and provide feedback?
- Council has endorsed the Draft Rules for community consultation, does this mean Council support the changes in full and are unlikely to consider any feedback?
- When will public participation in Council meetings be reviewed and incorporated into the Rules?
- Why do the Governance Rules not include broader Councillor Conduct matters?