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Common seal - local law

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Common seal - local law

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Common seal - local law


The commencement of the Local Government Act 2020 has introduced a requirement for council to adopt Governance Rules for the conduct of its meetings.

With the adoption of Governance Rules the existing Meeting Procedure Local Law (no.1 of 2019) is largely superseded. However, one part of the local law that cannot be included in the Governance Rules is the use of the common seal.

Section 14(1)(b) of the Act requires that a council have a common seal. Further section 14(2)(c) requires that the common seal be used in accordance with any applicable local law.

The council is proposing to adopt a new local law to:

  1. Revoke the Meeting Procedure Local Law (no. 1 of 2019);
  2. Regulate and control the use of the common seal;
  3. Prohibit unauthorised use of the common seal or any device resembling the common seal; and,
  4. Provide penalties for non-observance of the provisions of this Local Law.

The proposed local law replicates most of the common seal clauses in the Meeting Procedure Local Law but with the addition of clauses to authorise the use of the common seal where the council has delegated it to the CEO or other officer. At present section 173 agreements under the Planning and Environment Act are delegated to the CEO and to the Director Planning and Infrastructure.

A copy of the draft Common Seal Local Law together with a Community Impact Statement has been prepared and is available for viewing in the document library and for inspection at the customer service centre, 104 Hovell St, Wodonga.

July 22, 2020

This consultation is now open for public comment.

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

Written submissions must be clearly marked as '' and will be received up until . They can also be sent by:

Document Library
Life cycle
  • Open

    The exhibition period runs between Wednesday, July 22, 2020 and Wednesday, August 24, 2020.

  • Under review

    Feedback will be reviewed and a report prepared for councillors.

  • Final report

    The final outcomes of are documented and put to the council for adoption. This may include a summary of all the contributors collected.