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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Building positive relationships

Good relationships support good governance by promoting efficiency, inclusiveness, participation and consensus orientation.

Having good relationships does not mean that everyone has to be good friends. What it means is that there is mutual trust and respect among colleagues. Trust and respect among elected members ensures that everybody is heard, that there is robust discussion as part of the decision making process, and that conflict is resolved swiftly and fairly.

Good communication that is underpinned by trust and respect will build a strong team and promote a focus on achieving strategic goals and pursuing the best interests of the community. This in turn builds the reputation of the council among the community as a cohesive and professional organisation deserving of respect. 

The following webpages provide further information on how to develop good communication strategies: