The NSW Government is encouraging local communities to celebrate the successes of female councillors and staff at local councils across the State by calling for nominations for the 2019 Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government.
Councils must adopt the new Model Code of Conduct and Procedures within 6 months of prescription, (14 December 2018 – 14 June 2019). Councils’ existing adopted codes of conduct and procedures will remain in force until councils adopt a new code of conduct and procedures, based on the Model Code of Conduct and Procedures prescribed under the Regulation.
The Model Meeting Code comprises of mandatory and non-mandatory provisions. Councils must adopt a code of meeting practice that incorporates the mandatory provisions of the Model Meeting Code no later than 12 months after the next ordinary council elections.
The Office of Local Government has issued guidelines under section 23A of the Act to assist councils to develop and deliver induction training and ongoing professional development activities for their mayor and councillors in compliance with the regulations.