Policies form part of the Governance and Policy Framework.
Section 2.7 (2)(b) of the Local Government Act 1995 states that the Council is to ‘determine the local government’s policies.’
Policies provide the Council and staff with the ability and direction to make decisions that are considered to be consistent and unbiased. A policy can also provide detail on the manner in which the City undertakes, or requires others to undertake, certain
works or activities.
The City has established the following, with respect to policy and direction:
Council Policies will generally only be developed if they will further the achievement of the City’s strategic goals or contribute to the fulfilment of mandatory obligations. They are defined courses of action that should be followed in particular
circumstances and are intended to give guidance to staff on what is permissible when dealing with certain matters. They guide the discretionary part of Council’s decision making and form an essential step in the delegation of Council powers.
Council Policies are determined by Council and this power is conveyed to Council in Section 2.7(2)(b) of the Local Government Act 1995. City Operational Policies are determined by the Chief Executive Officer. Both may be amended or waived according to
All policies shall be reviewed at least once every two years.
Procedures represent the strategies and actions by which a policy is to be implemented and shall detail the steps and processes to be observed by staff.
Procedures are a function of management and are subject to review at any time according to circumstances, to ensure that policies are being implemented in a correct, efficient and effective manner.
One of the most important roles of Elected Members is to participate in making policy decisions on behalf of the community. An essential element of policy making is identifying community needs, setting objectives to meet those needs, establishing priorities
between competing needs, and allocating appropriate resources. A policy is a decision of the Council and sets out agreed views and decisions concerning a particular area of responsibility.
Some of these policies and procedures include:
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