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Stand for Council - What do councillors do?

Introduction by Dr Katrena Stephenson CEO Local Government Association Tasmania
 Working together by Dr Katrena Stephenson CEO Local Government Association Tasmania
 Land use planning, by Local Government Association Director of Policy

Councils are busy and diverse entities and councillors will receive information about and make decisions on a wide range of matters. Councils and councillors must respond to numerous pieces of legislation However, the key roles and functions of councils, councillors and staff are prescribed through the Local Government Act 1993.

Councillors have both individual and collective roles to undertake and their decisions, which are made as a collective, are at an overarching, strategic level. Operational matters are the responsibility of the Council’s General Manager, who is appointed by the Council.

Council decisions are made through formal council meetings and so councillors must be familiar with the Local Government (Meeting Procedures) Regulations 2015 from the very beginning of their tenure.

Another important role of councillors is acting as a member of the planning authority.  For this role they must put aside their councilor ‘hat’ and abide by the requirements of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet Local Government Division, have a range of short information sheets for councillors, including the Role of Elected Members and Council Meeting Procedures and also the Good Governance Guide.  The aim of the Guide is to build better understanding of, promote and enhance good governance in Local Government in Tasmania.

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