Background

In 2015 Council developed it's Governance Local Law (No.2) and Meeting Procedures Code (2015).

Since then, in accordance with the Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) Council was required to replace the Meeting Procedures Code (2015) with Governance Rules. Governance Rules outline the procedures for council meetings and set the rules of behaviour for those participating and present at the meeting. Banyule Council adopted its Governance Rules at the meeting of Council on 17 August 2020.

The matters covered by the Governance Rules no longer need to be specified in a local law but there is a need to have a local law which covers the use of Council’s common seal and sets out enforceable penalties for offences relating to the common seal and to Council meetings.

The Governance Local Law No. 2 provides for this and will continue to operate until it is revoked or sunsets in 2025.

The current Governance Local Law No. 2 was made under the 1989 Act and requires updating in line with new legislation and to remove references to the Meeting Procedures Code (2015).

We currently seek to revoke the existing Governance Local Law No. 2 and adopt the proposed Governance Local Law No.2. The process for doing this is outlined in the Local Government Act 2020.

What will change

Changes to the current Governance Local Law No. 2 include:

  • Removing any reference to Meeting Procedures Code (2015)
  • Providing guidance and consistency for the use of Council’s common seal
  • Setting penalties for certain conduct at Council meetings and other public meetings
  • Providing community consultation of the proposed Governance Local Law No. 2
  • Remaking the Governance Local Law No.2 under the Local Government Act 2020 provisions, revoking the previous version.