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Draft Governance Rules

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Draft Governance Rules

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Draft Governance Rules


Why we're consulting

We are consulting the community to receive feedback on a small number of changes to the Governance Rules.

What we hope to achieve

We hope to update the Governance Rules to improve the wording in a small number of sections where there is some inconsistency and ambiguity with the rules.


Under the Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) the council must adopt and keep in force Governance Rules. Council’s Governance Rules were last updated in August 2022.

Amongst other things Governance Rules are required to regulate the conduct of council meetings, stipulate how councillors and officers will disclose conflicts of interest, and establish that decision making must be balanced, ethical and impartial and adhere to the principals of natural justice.

Wodonga Council’s Governance Rules are largely based on a template from council's lawyer, Maddocks, and the proposed amendments are in line with specific legal advice.

What changes are proposed?

In the light of recent experience council proposes a small number of minor changes in relation the Mayoral election, notices of motion, minuting, and the disclosure by officers of conflicts of interest.

The changes proposed include:

Introduction – Definitions, additional definition for an Advisory Committee

Introduction – Definitions, additional text to clarify the definition of the word “Council” throughout the document

  1. Chapter two, sub-rule 6.1 and the process for the election of the Mayor;
  2. Chapter two, sub-rule 24.3 and the requirement for submitting a notice of motion;
  3. Chapter two, a new sub-rule 74.1.15 to deal with a new inclusion with minuting; 
  4. Chapter three – Delegated Committees – a change to the words to allow delegated committees to establish their meeting procedures
  5. Chapter five, sub-rule 1.1 and rule 5, amendment to address requirement for members of Advisory Committees to disclose a conflict of interest.
  6. Chapter five, sub-rules 6.2 and 6.3 be amended to remove ambiguity with the disclosure by officers of a conflict of interest.
  7. There are several other minor changes to update references to council policies and the title of chapter two.

Ways to have your say

This consultation is open from March 22 to April 18. 

You are invited to review the information provided, ask questions and provide feedback during this time.

Ways to provide feedback for consideration:

March 22, 2023

This consultation is now open.

Submissions can be made online (using the online form below), by e-mail or phone.

Written submissions must be clearly marked as 'Draft Governance Rules' and will be received up until Tuesday, April 18. They can also be sent by:

  • Consult

    Seek and receive the views of community members on issues that directly affect them or in which they may have a significant interest

  • Involve

    Learn from community members and receive feedback to influence the development and evaluation of policies, programs and services

  • Collaborate

    Joint learning, decision making and actions between Council and community members

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Life Cycle
  • Open

    This consultation is open for feedback between March 22 and April 18, 2023

  • Under review

    The submission period for this consultation is now closed. The project team will report back on the key outcomes.

  • Final report

    The final outcomes of the consultation will be documented here. This may include a summary of all the contributors collected.