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Governance in local government

Good governance in local government requires councils to work towards:

  • participation
  • consensus
  • accountability
  • transparency
  • responsiveness
  • efficiency
  • equitability
  • legal compliance 

Good governance is critical to forming and maintaining both internal and external relationships that are positive for all parties.

We provide sector-wide advice on governance issues and assist individual councils on a broad range of internal and external governance matters.

Council plan good practice guide

Councils must develop a council plan that reflects their priorities and vision for the community within eight months of a council election. An early challenge for councillors is to seek agreement as to the priorities for their council plan over the coming four years.

The council plan good practice guide (Word - 1.78MB) provides guidance to councillors and contains information on:

  • the purpose of the council plan
  • the suggested framework and structure
  • linkages
  • definitions
  • principles.

It is not intended to be a universal approach as every council will have variations as to layout and content.

The practice guide was last updated in the lead up to the October 2016 council elections.

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