Draft Code of Meeting Practice

Council’s Code of Meeting Practice (Code) is revised in accordance with section 360 of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (Act) and regulation 232 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW) (Regulation) and it incorporates the mandatory provisions of the Office of Local Government’s (OLG) prescribed Model Code of Meeting Practice (Mode Code).

If a council has not adopted such a code of meeting practice by 14 June 2019, section 117(2) of Schedule 8 to the Act will operate and make any existing code of no effect to the extent that it is inconsistent with the mandatory provisions of the Model Code.

Council’s adopted Code may also incorporate the non-mandatory provisions of the Model Code and any other supplementary provisions adopted by the elected Council provided they are not inconsistent with the mandatory provisions.

Councils and committees of councils of which all the members are councillors must conduct their meetings in accordance with the new code of meeting practice adopted by the elected council.

Council committees whose members include persons other than Councillors may adopt their own rules for meetings, unless the council determines otherwise.

Provisions deemed mandatory by the OLG are highlighted yellow. Provisions deemed non-mandatory are in red.

Provisions that are not in the Model Code but are recommended for adoption to ensure improved governance practices are called supplementary clauses and are highlighted green.

On 20 February 2019, Council resolved to exhibit the Draft Code of Meeting Practice to exhibit the Draft Code of Meeting Practice.  

Draft Code of Meeting Practice

The Draft Code of Meeting Practice is on exhibition from 21 February until 20 March 2019. The policy is also available for viewing at Cessnock and Kurri Kurri libraries. 

Written submissions must be addressed to: The General Manager Re: Code of Meeting Practice. Submissions must be received by 5pm on 4 April 2019 via post or email.  

Submissions are not kept confidential.  Council will release submissions if a request is made in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) and Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW). 

When a submission is released, Council will withhold contact numbers, email addresses and signatures.  Should you wish for all personal details or any information that may identify you to be withheld from the public, please make this clear in your submission.  

Enquiries should be directed to Council’s Customer Service on 02 4993 4100.