Under the Local Government Act 1989, councillors must provide leadership and good governance for the municipal district and the community.
Councillors must provide good governace in a range of activities including:
- civic leadership
- representation and advocacy
- inter-governmental negotiation
- marketing and communication
- decision making and enforcement of local laws
- local policy and planning development in a regional and state context
- accountability and performance measurement
- resources and asset management
When local government practises good governance, its communities are more connected and engaged, better services are provided, community confidence in council is improved, resources are better used and better outcomes are achieved.
What is good governance
Governance is ‘The process of decision making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented).’
Good governance exists when a government governs for, and on behalf of, its community while providing the democratic basis essential to an understanding of good governance in the local government sector, with a focus on good governance as it applies to democratically elected governments.
Good governance is participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective, efficient, equitable, inclusive and law abiding.
The principle and practice of democratic governance underpins governance in the local government sector. Democratic governance refers to the democratic nature of local government and the accountability of local government to their communities.