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

Following this administrative review, we’re proposing minor updates to the policy. We are seeking your thoughts on the changes before the policy goes to a Council meeting for consideration in April.

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.

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. The changes are also shown in the survey below.

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

Have your say

Share your level of support for the proposed updates to the Election Period Policy.