Draft Councillor and Staff Interaction Policy

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We want your feedback

December 2023 update:

Consultation on the Draft Councillor and Staff Interaction Policy has closed, and submissions are now being reviewed. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. 


November 2023 consultation:

Cumberland City Council is giving notification of the exhibition of the Draft Councillor and Staff Interaction Policy. This Policy will be exhibited for a period of 28 days as resolved at the 15 November 2023 Council meeting. All submissions made to this policy will be made public and considered by Council.

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Policy overview

The Draft Councillor and Staff Interaction Policy aims to foster and maintain a positive working relationship between councillors, as the community’s elected representatives, and staff, who are employed to administer the operations of the Council. The Policy provides direction on interactions between councillors and staff to assist both parties in carrying out their day-to-day duties professionally, ethically, and respectfully.  The Draft Councillor and Staff Interaction Policy based on the Model OLG Policy, has been developed to achieve the following:

  • To establish a framework by which councillors can access the information they need to perform their civic functions, in a fair and consistent manner;

  • To promote positive and respectful interactions between councillors and staff; and

  •  To advise where concerns can be directed if there is a breakdown in the relationship between councillors and staff.

For more details, see the Draft Councillor and Staff Interaction Policy in the document library.


Have Your Say

Council values the opinions and suggestions of the community, and would appreciate your input on the Draft Councillor and Staff Interaction Policy.

We encourage you to download a copy of the relevant document for review from our document library.

The consultation period runs from Thursday 16 November 2023 to Thursday 14 December 2023. During this community consultation period, residents are encouraged to submit their comments on the proposal. Anyone who wishes to provide feedback on the proposal must do so in writing by 5pm Thursday 14 December 2023.

NOTE: Submissions have now closed.


To Make A Submission on the Proposal:

Submissions concerning the draft policy are to be made by 5pm Thursday 14 December 2023

There are three ways you can lodge a submission:

  1. Complete an online submission below.
  2. Email your submission to Council@cumberland.nsw.gov.au
  3. Post your submission to The General Manager, Cumberland City Council, PO Box 42, Merrylands NSW 2160.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this project, please contact:

Carol Karaki
Manager Governance
P: (02) 8757 9000
E: council@cumberland.nsw.gov.au

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