Instruments of Delegation

Council is given many powers, duties and functions under various pieces of legislation. It would be impossible for any Council to exercise all of these powers through formal meetings and resolutions and therefore Councils need staff to make decisions and act on their behalf for day to day operations.

When a Council delegates a power, duty or function to a member of staff, the decision of the delegate is deemed a decision of Council. 

Section 98 of the Local Government Act 1989 (‘the Act’) allows a Council to delegate its powers, duties and functions to the CEO and Council staff. The following are the current adopted instruments:

  1. Instrument of Delegation to CEO – adopted 31 July 2018(PDF, 857KB)
  2. Instrument of Delegation to Members of Council Staff- adopted 26 February 2019(PDF, 28MB)

Section 86 of the Act allows a Council to delegate powers, duties and functions to a special committee. Please click here to find each special committee’s instrument of delegation.