Governance Rules

Council established Governance Rules in accordance with section 60 of the Local Government Act 2020.

These rules came into effect following a Council resolution on Tuesday, 25 August 2020.

The Hobsons Bay Governance Rules replaced the Meeting Procedure and Common Seal Local Law 2015 (which was revoked by Council on Tuesday, 25 August 2020). 

These Governance Rules determine the way in which Council will:

a) make decisions:

  • in the best interest of the Hobsons Bay community
  • fairly and on the merits of the question
  • in a way that ensures any person whose rights will be directly affected by a decision will be entitled to communicate their views and have their interests considered

b) elect its Mayor and Deputy Mayor

c) conduct meetings of Council and Delegated Committees

d) give notice of meetings and record and make available meeting records (minutes and live streamed meetings)

e) be informed in its decision making through community engagement, advisory committees and Councillor areas of responsibility, and Council officer reports

f) require the disclosure and management of conflicts of interest

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