21-17 Council decision-making prior to the September 2021 local government elections
|Circular Details||21-17 / 8 July 2021 / A755930|
|Previous Circular||21-12 “Electoral matter” and use of council resources prior to local government elections|
|Who should read this||Councillors / General Managers / All council staff|
|Contact||Council Governance Team / 02 4428 4100 / firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Action required||Information / Council to Implement|
|PDF Version||21-17 Council decision-making prior to the September 2021 local government elections|
What’s new or changing
- Councils are expected to assume a “caretaker” role during election periods to ensure that major decisions are not made which would limit the actions of an incoming council.
- Councils, general managers and other delegates of councils (other than a joint regional planning panel, a local planning panel or the Central Sydney Planning Committee) must not exercise the following functions during the caretaker period:
- entering into any contract or undertaking involving an expenditure or receipt by the council of an amount equal to or greater than $150,000 or 1% of the council’s revenue from rates in the preceding financial year (whichever is the larger)
- determining a “controversial development application”, except where a failure to make such a determination would give rise to a deemed refusal, or such a deemed refusal arose before the commencement of the caretaker period
- appointing or reappointing the council’s general manager (except for temporary appointments).
- In certain circumstances, these functions may be exercised with the approval of the Minister.
- “Controversial development application” means a development application for designated development under section 4.10 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for which at least 25 persons have made submissions during community consultation.
- The caretaker period for the September 2021 local government elections commences on Friday 6 August 2021 and ends on Saturday 4 September 2021.
Where to go for further information
• For further information, contact the OLG’s Council Governance Team on 4428 4100.