Local Government Act 2020
Local Government in Victoria is administered under the Local Government Act 2020, which provides a framework for the establishment and operation of councils.
The Act is the main legislative instrument for Victoria's seventy-nine councils.
Part 1A of the Local Government Act contains the Local Government Charter, which describes the purpose, objectives and functions of council.
In addition to these matters, the Local Government Act also includes provisions for:
- entitlements for residents and ratepayers to vote in council elections
- the conduct of local council elections, nominations and vote counting
- independent Electoral Representation Reviews by an electoral commission
- council governance requirements, including codes of conduct and disclosure of conflicts of interest
- council decision making, including records of meetings, confidentiality and limits on decisions during election periods
- levying and payment of council rates and charges
- preparation of Council Plans, budgets and annual reports
- council's powers to make and enforce local laws.
Community Local Law
Manningham’s Community Local Law 2013 is a local law made under Part 5 of the Local Government Act 1989 and section 42 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
This Local Law is made in recognition of Manningham’s Generation 2030 Community Plan and the Council Plan, which, as Council’s overarching strategic documents, provide a long-term shared vision for Manningham and the community by guiding the development of policy and strategies.
Freedom of Information
Find out what information you can request and how in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).
Manningham City Council and its service providers value the privacy of every individual's personal information.
Human Rights Charter
The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 is a law that protects the human rights of all people in Victoria.
The Charter requires all public authorities and their employees to act compatibly with human rights in the delivery of services and when making decisions.
Manningham City Council recognises and respects that everyone has the same human rights entitlement to allow them to participate in, and contribute to, society and our community. We recognise that all persons have equal rights in the provision of, and access to, Council services and facilities. We also recognise that, at times, such rights may be limited, insofar as to strike a balance between individual rights and the protection of public interest.
The Charter complements other laws such the Equal Opportunity legislation and protects rights such as freedom of speech, freedom from forced work and freedom from degrading treatment which previously had no legal protection. The Charter sets out a list of twenty rights that assist all people to live with freedom, respect, equality and dignity.
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Fraud and Corruption Control
Council is the custodian of significant public funds and assets therefore it is important that the community has assurance that these are adequately protected from fraud and corruption.
In December 2019, Council approved a Fraud and Corruption Policy and a Fraud and Corruption Control Plan.
The Policy sets out specific guidelines and responsibilities regarding appropriate actions that must be followed for the investigation of fraud and corruption and other similar irregularities.
The Plan documents Council’s approach to controlling fraud and corruption at both strategic and operational levels.
Both the Policy and the Plan need to be read in conjunction with the Manningham Risk Management Strategy and relevant legislation.