Councils are guided by a range of laws, regulations and policies to support them to make good decisions that will create positive outcomes for their local communities. Councils must comply with laws and mandatory policies or guidelines. Councils should comply or take into consideration, many other policies and guidelines to conform to best practice when making decisions on behalf of their communities. The figure below sets out the hierarchy of legislation and policies.

Acts and Regulations

Local councils must comply with various Acts and Regulations. The Office of Local Government administers, or shares responsibility for administering, the following:

For access to all NSW Acts and Regulations, go to www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

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Current Act and Regulatory reviews

Guidelines and Policy Information Resources for Councils

The Office of Local Government (OLG) publishes a range of guidelines, codes, practice notes and other guidance for local government. These generally relate to functions that councils carry out under the Local Government Act, or under other legislation or policy for which the Minister for Local Government is responsible. These guidelines and guidance materials aim to support NSW councils to govern in a lawful, prudent, transparent and accountable manner as well as to provide strong and sustainable services to local communities.

Mandatory and Section 23A Guidelines and Codes – OLG publishes some mandatory guidelines and codes, as well as a range of guidelines that councils must take into consideration under section 23A of the Local Government Act 1993 to support councils comply with important laws.

Practice Notes and other best practice guidance – OLG also publishes practice notes and other best practice guidance on a range of topics to support NSW councils to govern well and to carry out their functions in line with best practice approaches.

OLG Circulars to Councils – OLG also provides guidance to councils through Circulars to Councils from time to time on a range of matters.

Guidance for councils from other agencies – Councils should contact relevant agencies for guidance to support councils to undertake functions under the policies and laws that agency is responsible for administering.

Public Inquiries

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Guidelines, Codes, and Practice Notes

Code of Conduct

Collaboration and partnerships

Compulsory Acquisitions

Council Annual reporting Requirements

Calendar of Compliance and Reporting Requirements for Councils

Council Meetings

Councillor expenses and facilities

Intergovernmental Agreement

Local Government Rank to Grade Guide

Northern NSW Renewable Energy Blueprint

Public Private Partnerships

Rating and Special Variations

Standard contracts of employment for General Managers and senior staff

Guidance for councils from other agencies – Councils should contact relevant agencies for guidance to support councils to undertake functions under the policies and laws that agency is responsible for administering.