Chairing Council Meetings

We provide a range of nationally recognised qualifications (local government specific) and council-specific non-accredited short courses as well as other professional development training options.

Even though you may have attended many meetings, chairing a meeting can be quite daunting. 

There are strict protocols for Council meetings which will comply with your Standing Orders.  Standing Orders, also known as Meeting Procedures, may vary from Council to Council and it is important to be familiar with yours.

The role of chair carries responsibilities.  Be impartial, objective, and free of bias.

A Mayor will preside at each Ordinary Meeting of Council.  If the Mayor is absent, the Deputy Mayor will preside.  Council chooses the Chairperson who presides over meetings of any Standing Committee. Topics includ

Before the meeting

Closed sessions

  • What has been removed?
  • What has been added?
  • What has been retained?

Changes to the Local Government Regulation

  • Meeting agendas
  • Meeting minutes

Councillor Code of Conduct

Dealing with ‘conflicts of interest’ in a meeting

  • Prescribed conflicts of interest
  • Declarable conflicts of interest

Mayoral Minutes

Chairperson’s role

  • Amendments to motions
  • Repealing resolutions
  • Procedural motions
  • If disorders arise
  • Public participation in meetings

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