Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW
The Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW (the Model Meeting Code) was prescribed on 14 December 2018.
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. Councils’ adopted codes of meeting practice may also incorporate the non-mandatory provisions of the Model Meeting Code and other supplementary provisions as long as they are not inconsistent with the mandatory provisions.
Joint organisations and county councils must also adopt codes of meeting practice based on the Model Meeting Code.
In the Model Meeting Code, mandatory provisions are indicated in black font and the non-mandatory provisions are indicated in red font. The provisions that are specific to joint organisations are indicated in blue font.
Councils are required to consult with their communities prior to adopting a code of meeting practice.
Until a council adopts a new code of meeting practice, its existing code of meeting practice will remain in force up until six months from the date on which the new Model Meeting Code was prescribed (14 December 2018 – 14 June 2019). If a council fails to adopt a new code of meeting practice within this period, any provisions of the council’s adopted meeting code that are inconsistent with the mandatory provisions of the Model Meeting Code prescribed under the Regulation will automatically cease to have any effect to the extent that they are inconsistent with the mandatory provisions of the Model Meeting Code.
In addition, irrespective of whether councils have adopted a code of meeting practice based on the Model Meeting Code, all councils (but not joint organisations) will be required to webcast meetings of the council and committees of which all members are councillors from 14 December 2019. The webcasting requirement may be met simply by posting an audio or video recording of the meeting on the council’s website.
The Model Meeting Code applies to all meetings of councils and committees of councils of which all the members are councillors.
Council committees whose members include persons other than councillors may adopt their own rules for meetings, unless the council determines otherwise.
Circular 18-45 contains further important information. The Circular and links to the Model Code of Meeting Practice can be found on the ‘Related Downloads’ section on this webpage.
For further information, contact OLG’s Council Governance Team on (02) 4428 4100 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.