Good governance is about the good processes for making and implementing decisions. Having good processes generally leads to better outcomes for local governments and their communities.
This section of the Good Governance Guide website looks at what good governance means, why it’s important and how it relates to local government.
A definition of good governance and the seven main characteristics of good decision making.
Good governance results in greater confidence, transparency and ethical decision making.
How local government is structured, why it’s unique and the powers of council and the administration.
Functions include planning, services, policy, representation, advocacy and law enforcement.
This is a frequently used term in local government that has multiple meanings and challenges.
Good governance is about the decision-making process, not what the decision is about.
It contributes to better decisions, better relationships and better local government.
Good governance is about goodwill, a good understanding of roles and relationships and good processes.