The workshop explores the strategic role of the Mayor & Councillors, CEO & Executive and Administration to engage with and deliver on the requirements of the Act. It will highlight the importance of well-defined, effective, respectful, and strong relationships.
Critical relationships within three operational domains will be explored:
- Council’s democratic and representative role and how elected members can work effectively to set an agenda and realise benefits for the community
- The critical relationship between Council, the Executive and organisation and the respective roles and responsibilities
- The relationship between Council and the community and how legitimacy and trust is built through transparency and engagement
The course applies two simple frameworks to generate insights and describe the roles, responsibilities, and work of the elected Council and the Administration.
- Public value – explores the roles of Council as the elected authority and governing body and the administration as principal advisor and facilitator to realise benefits and deliver outcomes.
- Decision framework – provides a useful and practical means of exploring the roles and functions of Council, issues such as mandate, legitimacy, public value, and public interest.
Other learning outcomes will include:
- Improved understanding of the rationale for the move to principles-based legislation and objectives of the Act.
- What the transition means in practical terms for local accountability and decision-making
- Exploring the respective roles of the Council, CEO and Administration:
- In setting clear direction and establishing a mandate to support organisational effectiveness.
- Initiation, development and sustaining of integrated strategic planning and reporting processes.
- Responsibility, accountability and ownership of the Integrated Strategic Planning and Reporting Framework