Good Governance

Our commitment to being open, engaging and operating collaboratively and transparently when making decisions.

The City of Port Phillip is an open and engaging Council. Council operates in an open and transparent manner when making decisions.

We engage our community on key issues of significance by actively seeking input through community reference groups, from broad cross-sections of the community and through community engagement practices that include the use of face-to-face and online mediums.

We encourage community participation and offer opportunities to speak at Council meetings. Confidential reports are kept to a minimum, with every effort made to ensure the majority of decisions are considered in open Council meetings, including tenders and legal matters where possible.

We have maintained our commitment to involving people in the process and ensuring decisions are made in the best interests of the whole community.

Governance Rules

The City of Port Phillip Governance Rules (PDF 445 KB)

Nature of Rules

These are the Governance Rules of City of Port Phillip, made in accordance with section 60 of the Local Government Act 2020.

Date of Commencement

These Governance Rules commence on 1 September 2020 and were updated by Council on 2 November 2022.


These Governance Rules are divided into Chapters outlined below.
Chapter 1Governance Framework
Chapter 2Meeting Procedure for Council Meetings
Chapter 3Meeting Procedure for Delegated Committees
Chapter 4Meeting Procedure for Community Asset Committees
Chapter 5Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Chapter 6Miscellaneous
Chapter 7Use of the Common Seal
Chapter 8Election Period Policy

The Role of Local Government

Australia has three levels of government: federal, state and local. Local government (council), is responsible for planning and delivering a wide range of services for residents, businesses, neighbourhoods and the local community. All councils have the power to make and enforce local laws, and collect revenue to fund their activities.

Every Victorian council varies according to its community. However, all must operate in accordance with the Local Government Act.

We collaborate with our neighbouring councils, which are the cities of Melbourne, Bayside, Glen Eira and Stonnington.

The Role of a Council

In Victoria, the role of a Council is to provide good governance in its municipal district for the benefit and wellbeing of the municipal community.

A Council must perform its role giving effect to the following:

  • Council decisions are to be made and actions taken in accordance with the relevant law
  • priority is to be given to achieving the best outcomes for the municipal community, including future generations
  • the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the municipal district, including mitigation and planning for climate change risks, is to be promoted
  • the municipal community is to be engaged in strategic planning and strategic decision making
  • innovation and continuous improvement is to be pursued
  • collaboration with other Councils and Governments and statutory bodies is to be sought
  • the ongoing financial viability of the Council is to be ensured
  • regional, state and national plans and policies are to be taken into account in strategic planning and decision making
  • the transparency of Council decisions, actions and information is to be ensured.


Authorised Officers

Public Interest Disclosures (Whistle Blowing)