The final report of the Organisation and Governance Reform Program – Central Goldfields Shire was presented to a meeting of Central Goldfields Shire Council this week (23/10).
The final report marks the completion of the 12 month program which has been delivered by a dedicated project team.
The Organisation and Governance Reform Program was established to deliver on the 37item action plan to respond to the shortcomings identified in the Local Government and Municipal Monitor reports.
Some of the highlights of the Reform Program include:
- Seven reviews and audits including grant acquittal processes, Energy Breakthrough accountabilities, meeting procedure, local law, occupational health and safety management system, budgeting processes, governance records systems and Council’s delegation suites.
- A review of special committees constituted under Section 86 of the Local Government Act resulting in the dissolution of some inactive committees, conversion of others to the status of advisory committees with no delegated powers or responsibilities and a new set of Instruments of Delegation to those committees which continued.
- Council’s capacity to effectively manage its land and building assets has been bolstered through the appointment of a dedicated Property and Risk Officer and the adoption of a Disposal of Council Assets and Land Policy
- An extensive program of organisational culture development to encourage staff to be actively engaged with their teams and Council’s goals.
- Significant policy and procedure development was completed in the human resources and governance functions, with an entire set of new policies in each area.
- Eleven policies were reviewed in governance covering fraud and corruption, privacy, delegations, protected disclosures, managing conflicts of interest councillor support and expenses and managing gifts, benefits and hospitality.
- Nine corporate policies were adopted by Council including online and media communications, complaints and community engagement, information technology related policies, and procurement.
- Organisational capability has been strengthened with the restructure of the organisation, with a stronger emphasis on strategy development and governance
A focus on continuous improvement will continue to be rolled out across the organisation by Council management under the new organisational structure.