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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Understanding your role

Understanding and fulfilling your role as an elected member is critical to good governance – it promotes accountability, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness. Not only is it important to understand your role, it is important to understand the role of others.

The best of intentions can be undermined when elected members act outside of their role. It is important that you understand and respect the limits of your role and do not encroach on the roles of council officers. This ensures efficiency and accountability, and it will help to maintain the reputation of individuals and the organisation.

Understanding your role is also important in terms of the Local Government Act 1993  – acting outside of that role can be a breach of the Act.

Further detail on the key roles in local government is provided for your information.