A policy is a statement of the Council’s position on a matter or issue. The Council uses two types of policy to guide its interaction with citizens:

  • Policy framework – overarching statement of the Council’s position on a matter (e.g. sustainability).  They influence how and what Council activities are delivered, and often link with other Council policies and strategies. 
  • Operational policy (or tactical policy) – provides specific direction about the Council’s position and approach to a particular issue or circumstance (e.g. Dog Control Policy). 

Policy reviews

The Council reviews its policies from time to time to ensure they remain appropriate and meet the purpose they were designed for.

Some policies are required to be reviewed to meet legislative requirements. For example, the Council is required to have a Gambling and TAB Venues Policy and must review that policy at least once every three years. Other policies are reviewed either according to a review cycle decided by the Council (e.g. every five years) or when it is considered a policy no longer fully meets its purpose.

The Council also has internal policies that deal with the management and operation of the organisation (e.g. human resources policy). 

Get involved

Community input is a key part of many of our policy development and review processes. Your skills and experience can be included in the future of our city. To see which policies are currently being reviewed go to the Have Your Say(external link) page.