We recently checked the Election Period Policy, ahead of the Council election later this year.

Following this administrative review, we proposed minor updates to the policy. We asked for your thoughts on the changes before the policy goes to a Council meeting for consideration later in the coming months.

Our survey was open until 5 pm 15 April 2024.

About the changes

The changes to the policy are administrative. They're proposed to:

  • align with the Local Government Act 2020 (for example, 'community engagement' not 'public consultation')
  • future-proof the content by removing specific dates and updating role titles.

See the changes tracked within the Election Period Policy document in the Document library on this page.

Note: The tracked changes include some style guide corrections that make no change to the content or the intent.

Purpose of the policy

The purpose of an Election Period Policy is to ensure that Council business is conducted during councillor elections in a way that is fair and democratic for all candidates.

All councils are required to include an Election Period Policy in their Governance Rules. The Local Government Act sets the content of a policy. The policy must include guidelines to clarify what decisions Council can make during an election period and set rules about Council events, assets and publications.