Role of an Elected Member

The primary role of an Elected Member is to represent the community.

Effective translation of the community’s needs and aspirations into a direction and future for the Local Government will be the focus of an Elected Member’s public life.

An Elected Member is part of the team in which the community has placed its trust to make decisions on its behalf.  The community therefore, is entitled to expect high standards of conduct from its elected representatives.

The role of an Elected Member is set out in section 2.10 of the Local Government Act 1995 and the Department of Local Government WA website contains many fact sheets and helpful information.

To enable Elected Members to effectively represent the community and carry out their role equitable allowances and reimbursements of out of pocket expenses are supported by the City.  Such allowances are paid in accordance with the provisions of the Salaries and Allowances Act 1975.


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