The Council's policies enhance its strategic directions and provide guidance to both the organisation and the community.
Policies, Codes of Practice and Codes of Conduct are fundamental components of a Council’s good governance framework.
Policies set directions, guide decision making and inform the community about how the Council will normally respond and act to various issues.
When a decision is made in accordance with a Council policy or code, both the decision-maker and the community can be assured that the decision reflects the Council’s overall aims and principles of action. Accordingly, policies and codes can be used in many contexts to:
- reflect the key issues and responsibilities facing a Council
- provide a policy context and framework for developing more detailed objectives and management systems
- guide staff and ensure consistency in delegated and day-to-day decision-making
- clearly inform the community of a Council’s response to various issues.