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17-40 Consultation on the draft Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW

Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Category: Council Circular

Circular Details Circular No 17-40 / 6 December 2017 / A573892
Previous Circular 16-46 Development of a Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW
Who should read this Mayors / Councillors / General Managers / Council governance staff
Contact Council Governance Team – 02 4428 4100
Action required Response to OLG
PDF Version of Circular 17-40 Consultation on the draft Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW

 

What’s new or changing

  • Amendments made to the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act) in August last year by the Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Act 2016 provide for a model code of meeting practice (Model Meeting Code) to be prescribed by regulation.
  • The Office of Local Government (OLG), in consultation with councils, has prepared a consultation draft of the proposed Model Meeting Code. Once this is finalised, it will replace the meeting rules currently prescribed in the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (the Regulation).
  • Once the Model Meeting Code is finalised, councils will be given a period of 6 months in which to adopt a code of meeting practice based on the Model Meeting Code.

 

What this will mean for your council

  • OLG is inviting submissions from councils and other stakeholders on the consultation draft of the Model Meeting Code.
  • The consultation draft of the Model Meeting Code is available on OLG’s website at www.olg.nsw.gov.au.
  • Submissions may be made by email to olg@olg.nsw.gov.au.
  • Submissions should be labelled “Model Meeting Code Consultation” and marked to the attention of OLG’s Council Governance Team.
  • Submissions should be made by COB Friday 16 March 2018.

 

Key points

  • The Model Meeting Code has two elements:
    • It contains mandatory provisions (indicated in black font) that reflect the existing meetings provisions of the Act and adapt those currently contained in the Regulation. The existing meetings provisions of the Regulation have been updated and supplemented to reflect contemporary meetings practice by councils and to address ambiguities and areas of confusion in the existing provisions based on feedback from councils.
    • It contains non-mandatory provisions (indicated in red font) that cover areas of meetings practice that are common to most councils but wherethere may be a need for some variation in practice between councils based on local circumstances. The non-mandatory provisions will also operate to set a benchmark based on what OLG sees as being best practice for the relevant area of practice.
  • In making submissions on the draft Model Meeting Code, OLG would welcome feedback from councils on whether any of the proposed non-mandatory provisions should be mandated. If there is a sufficient body of support for these from councils, these may be made mandatory in the final version of the Model Meeting Code.

 

Where to go for further information

  • For further information, contact OLG’s Council Governance Team on (02) 4428 4100.

 

Penny Holloway
Acting Chief Executive

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