Best practice in Council policies

The Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate’s audit program aims to:

  • promote an effective, voluntary compliance culture
  • encourage good practice
  • and achieve transparent governance across local government.

To support this, the Inspectorate promotes examples of good practices identified during compliance audits. The information below has been shared with the permission of the relevant local council.

Election period policies

Amendments to the Local Government Act 1989 included the requirement for all Councils to adopt an election period policy by 31 March 2016.

The purpose of the policy was to provide the community with an understanding of the procedures the council will adopt during the election period to ensure fairness, appropriate use of council resources and to prevent inappropriate decision making.

Importantly, the policy is provided to all current councillors and be published on the council website.

In April 2016, the Inspectorate commenced a review of the election period policies of all Victorian councils, to ascertain if they met these new requirements. The majority of councils followed the correct process and several policies that followed or exceeded requirements have been shared below.

Election Period Policy Review Election Period Policy ReviewPDF (540.09 KB) Election Period Policy Review Election Period Policy ReviewDOC (54.98 KB)

Election Period Policy examples

Boroondara City Council - Election Period Policy - March 2016 Boroondara City Council - Election Period Policy - March 2016PDF (370.43 KB) Boroondara City Council - Election Period Policy - March 2016 Boroondara City Council - Election Period Policy - March 2016DOC (363.15 KB) Brimbank City Council - Conduct during elections policy 2016 Brimbank City Council - Conduct during elections policy 2016PDF (171.43 KB) Brimbank City Council - Conduct during elections policy 2016 Brimbank City Council - Conduct during elections policy 2016DOC (44.82 KB) Greater Dandenong City Council - Election Period (Caretaker) Policy - March 2016 Greater Dandenong City Council - Election Period (Caretaker) Policy - March 2016PDF (90.74 KB) Greater Dandenong City Council - Election Period (Caretaker) Policy - March 2016 Greater Dandenong City Council - Election Period (Caretaker) Policy - March 2016DOC (55.95 KB) West Wimmera Shire Council - Election Period Policy - March 2016 West Wimmera Shire Council - Election Period Policy - March 2016PDF (92.58 KB) West Wimmera Shire Council - Election Period Policy - March 2016 West Wimmera Shire Council - Election Period Policy - March 2016DOC (60.08 KB) Whitehorse City Council - Election Period Policy - March 2016 Whitehorse City Council - Election Period Policy - March 2016PDF (75.85 KB) Whitehorse City Council - Election Period Policy - March 2016 Whitehorse City Council - Election Period Policy - March 2016DOC (47.82 KB)

Councillors Code of Conduct policies

 

In October 2015, the Local Government (Improved Governance) Act 2015 amended the Act to provide the additional requirement that all incoming councillors must read their council’s code of conduct and make a declaration that they will abide by it.

These reforms had the broad aims of strengthening governance and leadership by providing councils with the capacity to manage and resolve poor conduct by individual councillors.

The amendments to the Act required that a council must review and make necessary amendments to their current code of conduct within four months of 1 March 2016.

Within one month of any amendment being made to the councillor code of conduct, all councillors would make a declaration stating that they would abide by the revised councillor code of conduct. This declaration must be in writing and witnessed by the Chief Executive Officer.

Councillors Code of Conduct policy examples

The following links take you to examples of Victorian councils who actioned these requirements:

Boroondara City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct 2016 Boroondara City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct 2016PDF (172.56 KB) Boroondara City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct 2016 Boroondara City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct 2016DOC (142.58 KB) Brimbank City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - April 2016 Brimbank City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - April 2016PDF (4.84 MB) Brimbank City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - April 2016 Brimbank City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - April 2016DOC (7.57 MB) Greater Dandenong City Council - Code of Conduct - Councillors 2016 Greater Dandenong City Council - Code of Conduct - Councillors 2016PDF (402.09 KB) Greater Dandenong City Council - Code of Conduct - Councillors 2016 Greater Dandenong City Council - Code of Conduct - Councillors 2016DOC (983.64 KB) Indigo Shire Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016 Indigo Shire Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016PDF (411.46 KB) Indigo Shire Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016 Indigo Shire Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016DOC (263.18 KB) Stonnington City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016 Stonnington City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016PDF (766.02 KB) Stonnington City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016 Stonnington City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016DOC (857.88 KB) Warrnambool City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - July 2016 Warrnambool City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - July 2016PDF (835.34 KB) Warrnambool City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - July 2016 Warrnambool City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - July 2016DOC (371.28 KB) Whitehorse City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016 Whitehorse City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016PDF (365.78 KB) Whitehorse City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016 Whitehorse City Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016DOC (55.82 KB) West Wimmera Shire Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016 West Wimmera Shire Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016PDF (2.58 MB) West Wimmera Shire Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016 West Wimmera Shire Council - Councillor Code of Conduct - June 2016DOC (166.12 KB)