What is the Code of Meeting Practice?

Under the Local Government Act (1993), all Councils are required to prepare a Code of Meeting Practice for all meetings of Council and its committees, where all Councillors are members, must be conducted in accordance with this Code.

What are the objectives of the Code?

•to ensure that all meetings of council and its committees are conducted in an orderly, consistent and efficient manner;

• to ensure that all meetings of council and its committees are conducted according to the principles of procedural fairness and due process;

• to assist with the conduct of discussion and debate during council and committee meetings; to ensure that all councillors understand their rights and obligations during Council and Committee meetings;

• to ensure that all councillors have an equal opportunity to participate fully in meetings and that meetings provoke a positive environment that is without malice and avoids insulting, improper or defamatory statements; and

• to act as an effective aid for good governance.


What has been added to this update?

The Code has been updated to reflect provisions of the Office of Local Governments Code of Meeting Practice

How can I comment on the draft Code

You can comment on the draft Code by viewing online at this Project page and uploading a submission. Alternatively you can view the Draft Code at Council's Administration Building and all Library branches.

Written submissions should be address to:

Lake Macquarie City Council

Council Business Support Coordinator

Box 1906, Hunter Region Mail Centre

NSW 2310 or via email to council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au