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. These are listed below.
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. These are listed below.
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.