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Practicing Good Governance as an individual

The following checklist is designed to help you evaluate your understanding of good governance and assess whether your behaviour aligns with good governance practices. If you answer ‘no’ to any of the following questions, you could refer to resources available in section 5 to help you improve your governance capacity.

Maintaining high ethical standards

Strongly agree

Agree

Not sure

Disagree

Stongly disagree

I am familiar with, endorse and comply with relevant legislation, the council’s code of conduct and council policies.






I act in the best interests of the community.






I lead by example.






My decisions and actions are transparent and accountable.






Understanding your role and the role of others

Strongly agree

Agree

Not sure

Disagree

Stongly disagree

I understand my role as an elected member.






I understand the role of the:

  • council
  • mayor
  • deputy mayor
  • general manager
  • Minister for responsible for local government
  • Local Government Division
  • Director of Local Government
  • Local Government Association of Tasmania
  • council administration.





I attend all council meetings and relevant committee meetings (except where I have a valid reason not to).






Building good relationships

Strongly agree

Agree

Not sure

Disagree

Stongly disagree

I have a respectful relationship with my colleagues and stakeholders.






I listen and give due consideration to the views of others.






I do not engage in bullying and harassment.






Effective strategic planning and monitoring performance

Strongly agree

Agree

Not sure

Disagree

Stongly disagree

I actively participate in strategic planning.






I listen to the views of the community when I engage in strategic planning.






I understand the importance of integrated strategic and financial and asset management plans.






Robust risk management

Strongly agree

Agree

Not sure

Disagree

Stongly disagree

I understand the importance of risk management and I understand the risk management process.






I am familiar with my council’s risk management policy.






Fair and transparent decision making

Strongly agree

Agree

Not sure

Disagree

Stongly disagree

I engage with the community to help inform my decision making.






I follow the five-step decision making process.






I am aware of and manage my conflicts of interest.






Legislative compliance

Strongly agree

Agree

Not sure

Disagree

Stongly disagree

I am aware of my obligations under the Local Government Act 1993 and other relevant Acts of Parliament.






Continuous improvement

Strongly agree

Agree

Not sure

Disagree

Stongly disagree

I am aware of gaps in my knowledge and understanding relevant to my role as an elected member and I seek opportunities to undertake learning.






Good governance and land-use planning

Strongly agree

Agree

Not sure

Disagree

Stongly disagree

I understand the role of councils as planning authorities.






I understand my role as a member of a planning authority.






I understand the importance of the links between strategic planning and land-use planning.






For mayors

As a mayor, you have additional responsibilities which, when carried out effectively, can contribute to good governance. Use this checklist to help you understand whether you act in a way that promotes good governance.

Governance practices unique to mayors

Strongly agree

Agree

Not sure

Disagree

Stongly disagree

I act as a leader of the community.






I am a fair and responsible spokesperson for the council.






I understand the importance of my relationship with the general manager, and I work hard to ensure a seamless link between elected members and the administration.






I oversee my elected colleagues in the performance of their functions.






I understand my role as principal officer under section 32 of the Integrity Commission Act 2009.




I ensure that all councillors have the opportunity to be heard and speak without interruption at council meetings.




During council meetings, I ensure that debate stays focussed and I help to clarify any misunderstandings.




I ensure that meetings are chaired, and matters are discussed and debated in a structured and effective way.




I effectively manage any poor behaviour that arises at council meetings, including bullying and harassment.




I provide fair summaries of debate and help elected members come to a decision.




I make sure that the council addresses all of the appropriate strategic issues.




I make sure there is sufficient time to discuss the important issues on the agenda.