The aim is to promote local democracy by making sure that everyone understands how their Council operates and how they can have their say.

Local Governance Statement

The Council is required to prepare a governance statement after each triennial election and make it available to the public. It includes information on:

  • Council functions, responsibilities and activities
  • How community board members and councillors are elected
  • The roles and conduct of those elected members
  • Governance structures and processes
  • Public access to people and the organisation
  • Key planning and policy documents.

Governance Statement 2016 / 2019 [PDF, 4.7 MB]


Elected members

Governing and managing the interests of our City on behalf of everyone who lives here.

Expense and Allowances Rules

Expenses and allowances rules for elected members. PDF [129 KB]

Standing Orders

Rules on how the Council operates (PDF).

Register of Delegations

The Council delegates responsibilities to committees, officers and Community Boards. PDF [784 KB]