Decision making is an important part of local government. Most decisions are made by councillors at formal council meetings, although certain decisions can be delegated to other areas.
Councillors are elected to make decisions on behalf of their communities. As such, they have a responsibility to represent the interests of their constituents, as well as those of the entire community.
This section covers the general principles underpinning good decision-making, looks in more detail at the local government decision-making process and briefly discusses some of the tools available to help councillors make decisions.
In local government decision are made at council meetings or by delegation to special committees or officers.
There are three important principles which underpin local government decision making.
Includes setting the agenda, gathering information, forming opinions and making the decision.
Council decisions can only be made at a formal meeting or by delegation.
Good decision-making processes are critical to good governance.
Effective and timely implementation of decisions is part of good governance.