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Council's Role and Responsibilities

Three Levels of Government

Australia has three levels of government Federal, State and Local. Local councils are the third level of government in Australia and are the closest level of government to the community. All 79 councils in Victoria operate under an Act of State Parliament called the Local Government Act 1989.

Maribyrnong City Council provides over 80 services including roads maintenance, rubbish collection, family support, arts, recreation, planning, building, animals and parking control.

Community Participation

Everyone in the community has a contributing role to play with their local Council. Community members in the City of Maribyrnong can participate in Council by:

Role of the Mayor

The Mayor is elected by their fellow councillors for a term of up to 2 years (normally a councillor will be elected for a term of 1 year). The Mayor has an important role as a community leader and is the main spokesperson for Council. The Mayor also chairs council meetings, and encourages all councillors to participate in decision making.

Role of Councillors

Councillors are democratically elected representatives of the community responsible for making decisions about Council directions and budget spending. Maribyrnong City Council is divided into 3 multi-councillor areas known as wards. Councillors have a close link with their wards and you can contact any councillor if you have concerns about your local area or about Council issues generally.

Role of the CEO and Council Staff

Council administration is led by the Chief Executive Officer who is employed by the Council to make sure their decisions are carried out. Council employs over 800 staff to provide services to the public and professional advice to the Council.

Role of Council Meetings

The majority of Council decisions are made at Council meetings which are held once a month and are open to the general public. Agendas are available on Council’s web site before the meetings. Councillors and Council staff regularly consult with the community to get their ideas on issues. Councillors also call on the expertise of Council officers to assist with information and advice.

Councillor Code of Conduct 2017

The Councillor Code of Conduct 2017 sets out the principles underpinning good behaviour and good relationships. It also creates the standards to which Councillors must adhere. Councillors must make a declaration that they have read and will abide by the Council’s Councillor Code of Conduct before they can act as a Councillor. A declaration must be made by every Councillor in the presence of the Chief Executive Officer each time the Code is amended. All Victorian councils are required to adopt a Councillor Code of Conduct in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989.

Local Government Guide

The Victorian Government has put together a web-based Guide to Local Government to help Victorians understand more about local councils and their role in building stronger local communities. Follow the link below for more information.

For more information contact:
9688 0200

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