Ratepayers and the public expect local government decision-making to be clear and transparent. During the COVID-19 pandemic, councils across the State demonstrated how online engagement can bolster public participation in local government decision-making.
Large local governments will be required to livestream meetings, and post recordings online. Smaller local governments will be required to record and publish audio records, at a minimum.
Clear rules will define the types of decisions that can be made by councils in confidential meetings, and recordings of those decisions will be required to be stored as permanent records.
There will be new state-wide standards for reporting of important local government transactions online, including:
The Key Performance Indicators (KPI) used to measure the performance of the CEO will be made publicly available, and the results will also be reported. The CEO will also have the right to publish comments to provide context to the results. The Council may seek the Inspector’s approval to refrain from publishing a specific CEO KPI.
To provide consistent transparency of decision-making across all local governments, all votes cast by all councillors for all decisions on council will be required to be reported in council minutes.
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