16-39 – 2016 edition of the Councillor Handbook

What’s new or changing

  • The Office of Local Government has issued an updated edition of the Councillor Handbook.
  • The Councillor Handbook has been updated to reflect developments over the last four years and recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993.

What this will mean for your council

  • General Managers and council governance staff should ensure councillors are aware of the availability of the Councillor Handbook on the Office of Local Government’s website.

Key points

  • The Councillor Handbook is designed to help new and returning councillors to be effective in their role.
  • The handbook is the go-to resource for all councillors during their electoral term and includes links to other useful resources.
  • The handbook provides more detail on the topics covered in the upcoming “Hit the Ground Running” Councillor Workshops.

Where to go for further information

  • The Councillor Handbook is available on the Office of Local Government’s website at
  • For further information, contact the Council Governance Team on 4428 4100.

Tim Hurst

Acting Chief Executive

Office of Local Government