Council, 30 June 2009.


From time to time the Council has opportunities to work in partnership with private sector organisations to deliver its planned community outcomes. These opportunities can be quite diverse, and for this reason this policy is broadly based.

For example, it is possible that the Council could enter into partnership with a charitable trust for the provision of services to low income city residents. Alternatively, the Council could seek a partner from the commercial private sector to provide some of the funding and expertise needed for a new infrastructural asset.

The Local Government Act 2002 sections 102(4)(d) and 107 require that a policy be prepared on Partnerships with the Private Sector (‘partnerships’) and adopted by the Council as part of its Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP).

Section 107 of the Act states that this policy applies to: “…. any arrangement or agreement that is entered into between one or more local authorities and one or more persons engaged in business.”

Partnerships specifically do not include arrangements between the Council and other local authorities or council organisations, nor do they include contracts for the supply of goods or services.

Policy objective

The objective is to use business partnerships as a means of accessing opportunities within the private sector for innovation, risk minimisation, expertise, capacity, and capital funding, where such business partnerships provide value for money, maximise social returns, and are in the public interest.

Circumstances where Council will consider a partnership

The Council may consider entering into a partnership if it would allow access to opportunities within the private sector for innovation, risk minimisation, expertise, capacity, or capital funding. Council will not enter into a partnership unless it:

  • will contribute to the achievement of community outcomes identified in this LTCCP; and
  • will promote the social, economic, cultural or environmental wellbeing of the city; and
  • is a prudent, efficient and effective use of the Council’s resources; and
  • is in the public interest.

In determining whether or not a partnership is in the public interest, the Council will consider the following:

  • effect on individuals and community
  • transparency
  • equity
  • public access
  • consumer rights
  • security
  • privacy
  • governance arrangements
  • accountability arrangements
  • operational arrangements
  • financial arrangements
  • specific risk management mechanisms.