Information for Councils

Local government plays an important role in serving and supporting the local community. The Office works collaboratively with the Local Government sector and is the key adviser to the NSW Government on Local Government matters.

The resources contained in this section are provided to assist local councils to fulfil their legislative obligations and develop best practice. We support and advise councils through the provision of guidelines and resources, practice notes, oversight of the IP&R Framework, the promotion of councillor diversity, and support to councillors to assist them to understand their roles and responsibilities.


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Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government 2019

Councils and other impounding authorities now have expanded powers to manage shared bicycles on public land that cause obstructions, pose safety risks or are left unused in one place for too long based on clear, risk-based time limits.

Model Code of Conduct and Procedures

Councils must adopt the new Model Code of Conduct and Procedures within 6 months of prescription, (14 December 2018 – 14 June 2019).

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Model Code of Meeting Practice

The Model Meeting Code comprises of mandatory and non-mandatory provisions. Councils must adopt a code of meeting practice that incorporates the mandatory provisions of the Model Meeting Code no later than 12 months after the next ordinary council elections.

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