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CEO Employment and Remuneration Policy

POLICY TITLE CEO EMPLOYMENT AND REMUNERATION POLICY
POLICY NUMBER POL/GOV005
DATE ADOPTED FEBRUARY 2008
LAST REVIEW DECEMBER 2021
NEXT REVIEW DECEMBER 2025
OFFICER Director Corporate Services
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policy-newPurpose

This policy sets out Swan Hill Rural City Council’s (Council) approach to managing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) performance and remuneration in accordance with Section 45 of the Local Government Act 2020. This policy also provides guidance to Councillors on the management of the life cycle of the CEO’s employment including recruitment.

Scope

This policy applies to all Councillors and the Chief Executive Officer of Swan Hill Rural City Council.

Policy

The Council is responsible for the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), determining (with the CEO) the CEO’s performance objectives, assessing the CEO’s performance annually and determining the CEO’s contract conditions including remuneration.

This policy has been developed to support the requirements of the Local Government Act 2020 relating to CEO employment and remuneration.

Council will carry out its functions relating to the appointment, remuneration and performance review of the CEO in accordance with the following best practice principles:

  • Decision-making principles that are fair, transparent and applied consistently;
  • Decision-making criteria that are relevant, objective and available to the person subject to the decision;
  • Decisions and actions that are conducive to ongoing good governance;
  • Documentation that is clear and comprehensive to render decisions capable of effective review;
  • Employment decisions that are based on the proper assessment of an individual’s work-related qualities, abilities and potential against the genuine requirements of the
    role; and
  • Decisions to appoint a new employee are based on merit.

The responsibility for assisting Council with its obligations regarding CEO employment, performance and remuneration will be delivered through the CEO Employment and Remuneration Committee.

In managing CEO performance and remuneration, Council will have regard to the provisions of the contract of employment of the CEO and the Chief Executive Officer Employment and Remuneration Procedure.
As leader of the organisation, it is critical to the performance of Council that its CEO is performing in a highly effective manner. This policy is established to ensure that the CEO’s performance is reviewed in a formal way thus recognising the importance of feedback and continued performance improvement.

Related Policies

  • PRO/GOV005 Chief Executive Officer Employment and Remuneration Procedure

Related Legislation

  • Local Government Act 2020

Signed: Cr Jade Benham (Mayor)
Date: 04/01/22

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