“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.
Council maintains a Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Register to record offers in line with the policy.
The Local Government Act 2020 requires Councillors and Nominated Officers of Swan Hill Rural Council to complete Personal Interest Returns.