Local Laws

The Local Government Act 2020 provides for Council to make local laws which remain in effect for a period of ten years, unless revoked sooner by Council.  The City of Maribyrnong has two such local laws, namely the General Purposes Local Law 2015, and the Governance Local Law 2011. Council also adopted in August 2020 its Governance Rules which replaces elements of the Governance Local Law 2011, namely the Maribyrnong City Council Meeting Procedure.

General Purposes Local Law 2015

The purpose of Maribyrnong City Council's General Purposes Local Law 2015 is to provide for the peace, order and good government of the municipal district by managing, regulating and controlling activities and uses on any land to:

  1. promote a physical and social environment free from hazards to health or public safety, in which the residents of the municipal district can enjoy a quality of life that meets the general expectations of the community.
  2. prevent and suppress nuisances which may adversely affect the enjoyment of life within the municipal district or the health, safety and welfare of persons within the municipal district.
  3. prohibit, regulate and control activities or behaviour which may be dangerous, or detrimental to the quality of life and the environment of the municipal district or which could compromise public safety, Council land or assets.
  4. provide processes and requirements that complement Council Policies, guidelines or other documents incorporated by reference in the Local Law.
  5. provide for the administration and enforcement of the Local Law.

A copy of the General Purposes Local Law 2015 can be downloaded below.

Governance Local Law 2011

The objectives of the Governance Local Law 2011 are to:

  1. protect the integrity of the Council’s Common Seal and describe when it may be affixed to a document.

  2. regulate and govern the use of Council's Common Seal, the procedure for the election of Mayor and any Deputy Mayor, and the way in which meetings of the Council and Special Committees are conducted

  3. protect the integrity of Council Meetings by regulating the Infringement notices imposable for certain matters and behaviour by meeting attendees.

A copy of the Governance Local Law 2011 can be downloaded below.

Governance Rules

The objectives of the Governance Rules are to:

  1. provide a mechanism to facilitate the good governance of Maribyrnong City Council through its formal meeting procedure, to ensure effective and efficient Council decisions are made in a manner which promotes the effectiveness of local government in Maribyrnong and within the Australian system of Government;

  2. promote and encourage community leadership by Maribyrnong City Council consistent with the community’s views and expectations and in accordance with Council’s Community Engagement Policy;

  3. promote and encourage community participation in local government by providing opportunities for direct access to the Council’s decision making processes in accordance with Council’s Community Engagement Policy and Public Transparency Policy;

  4. ensure compliance with the Councillor and Staff Codes of Conduct and ensure the utmost integrity in all Council operations.

  5. outline the proper standards of conduct and behaviour by Councillors during the Election Period in accordance with Council’s Election Period Policy.

  6. outline the process for the election of Council’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

  7. Outline the availability of Council’s Meeting Records, including the Agendas and Minutes of Council Meeting and Delegated Committee Meetings.

    A copy of the Governance Rules can be downloaded below.