Councillors roles & responsibilities

Councillors are elected by eligible residents and ratepayers within the community and hold office for four years. Ordinary elections of Councillors are held in September in every fourth year.

The City of Randwick is divided into five wards - north, south, east, west and central - with three Councillors being elected to represent each ward. The fifteen Councillors form the governing body of the council, similar to the board of a public company. The Councillors' role is to direct and control the council's affairs in line with the requirements of the Local Government Act.

Each September the Councillors elect a Mayor from amongst themselves. The Mayor is commonly regarded as the leader in the community.

For a complete list of all Councillors since incorporation in 1859 use this link.

The role of the Mayor and the Councillors

Councillors as members of the governing body of the Council have a responsibility to:

  • Provide a civic leadership role in guiding the development of the community strategic plan for the area and to be responsible for monitoring the implementation of the council's delivery program;
  • Direct and control the affairs of the Council in accordance with the Local Government Act;
  • Participate in the optimum allocation of the Council's resources for the benefit of the area;
  • Play a key role in the creation and review of the Council's policies and objectives and criteria relating to the exercise of the Council's regulatory functions; and
  • Review the performance of the Council and its delivery of services, and the Delivery Program and Revenue Policies of the Council.
  • Represent the interests of the residents and ratepayers;
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the community; and
  • Facilitate communication between the community and the Council.

The community expects Councillors to have a high standard of accountability, and Randwick City Council has recently made that standard even higher by adopting a set of rules around political donations.

The Mayor

In addition to having special responsibilities as a Councillor, the Mayor can represent the council and exercise urgent policy-making functions between meetings. The Mayor usually acts as spokesperson for council, carries out certain civic and ceremonial functions, and presides as chairperson during Council meetings. The Council may also delegate other functions to the Mayor.

Council Meetings

Councillors have regular Council meetings to make decisions about how Council resources should be applied,and what should happen in their area.

At Council meetings, issues of public importance or concern are debated and decisions are made. There are detailed rules about how these meetings should be run and about how their records must be kept. Members of the public and the press are welcome to attend Council meetings.

All Council decisions are made on a majority basis and Councillors have a right to vote on all issues, except where a pecuniary interest is involved. They have to be present in person to vote at Council meetings (proxy votes are not permitted).

Separation of duties between Councillors and the General Manager

While Councillors provide the strategic direction for their local area through determining council policies and objectives, the day-to-day management of the council's organisation, the employment of staff and the implementation of council's decisions are functions of the General Manager - NOT of Councillors.

Last Updated: 25 October 2022
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