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Council Policy

The Local Government Act 1995 empowers Council in the determination of policy under section 2.7 Role of Council - “(2)(b) determine the local government’s policies.”

The Shire of Exmouth maintains a Council Policy manual, recording the various policies of the Council.

The objectives of the Council’s Policy Manual are:

  • To provide Council with a formal written record of all policy decisions;
  • To provide the staff with precise guidelines in which to act in accordance with Council’s wishes;
  • To enable the staff to act promptly in accordance with Council’s requirements, but without continual reference to Council;
  • To enable Councillors to adequately handle enquiries from electors without undue reference to the staff or the Council;
  • To enable Council to maintain a continual review of Council Policy decisions and to ensure they are in keeping with community expectations, current trends and circumstances; and
  • To enable ratepayers to obtain immediate advice on matters of Council Policy.

 Council endorses the annual review of all policies. Amendments or the creation of a new policy is undertaken whenever it is considered necessary.

Click here for a copy of the complete Council Policy Manual.


Individual Council Polices by Directorate


1.1 - Senior Employees

1.2 - Use of Council Logo

1.3 - Fauna/Flora Emblems

1.4 - Citizenship Ceremonies

1.5 - Election of Committees and Representatives

1.6 - Council Briefing Sessions

1.7 - Legal Representation Cost Indemnification

1.8 - Public Relations - Press Releases

1.9 - Provision, Usage and Disposal of Digital Equipment

1.10 - Honorary Freeman

1.11 - Councillor Complaints

1.12 - Council Vehicle Fleet

1.13 - Acting Chief Executive Officer

1.14 - Council Employee Housing

1.15 - Relocation Expenses

1.16 - EX-factor Allowance (Cost of living assistance)

1.17 - Fitness for Work - Drug and Alcohol 

1.18 - Code of Conduct for Employee, Elected Members and Committee Members

1.19 - CEO Performance Review

1.20 - Responsible Service of Alcohol