Under the Local Government Act 1993 and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 a Council can form committees and determine their functions, powers, membership and voting rights.
A council committee can be either:
- A committee with decision-making powers as delegated by the council. A committee may exercise a council function and a council may delegate to the committee any of its functions other than those outlined in s.377 of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act). However a committee can exercise a council’s regulatory functions under Chapter 7 of the Act only if all its members are either councillors or council employees, or
- A committee which only has the capacity to ‘advise’ or’ refer’ matters to council for a decision. These committees are common and only have the delegated authority to make recommendations but not to make decisions. Such committees often consist of experts, professional persons, government employees, community representatives and council staff. The recommendations of this sort of committee can assist a council in making informed decisions on complex matters. At Ku-ring-gai Council, these committees are referred to as ‘Advisory’ or ‘Reference’ committees.
The conduct of meetings of councils and committees of council of which all members are councillors must be in accordance with the adopted Code of Meeting Practice in accordance with section 360 of the Act.
However references in the Act or the Regulation to ‘committees of council’ do not refer to advisory / reference committees that include members that are not councillors. If a committee includes people who are not councillors the committee’s meeting procedure is determined by the council. It may, but does not have to, follow the procedure outlined in the Act and Regulation.
As such Council has adopted a Council Advisory / Reference Committees Guideline to guide the conduct of these meetings.
View the Council Advisory Reference Committees Guidelines (pdf. 117KB)
Currently, Council has formed the following Reference / Advisory Committees:
More information can be found on these committees by contacting Council’s Manager Records and Governance on 9424 0000.
Council has also formed the Economic and Social Development Advisory Committee which is not considered a formal Reference / Advisory Committee.