“Governance” is the way by which an organisation is held accountable. Good governance is critical to forming and maintaining both internal and external relationships that are positive for all parties. As a local government authority, Council is required to comply with legal requirements, codes and charters it has a number of policies and controls in place to ensure Council operates effectively and efficiently and manages community resources and assets responsibly.
The Freedom of Information Act gives individuals and organisations a general right to access information held by Council.
A wide variety of information is publicly available. This can range from public registers or Council Minutes to planning permit application objections or submissions on Councillors’ allowance.
A Protected Disclosure is a complaint of corrupt or improper behaviour by a public officer or organisation.
The Local Government Act 2020 requires Councillors and Nominated Officers of Swan Hill Rural Council to complete Personal Interest Returns.