Gawler 2012-13 Annual Report - page 13

Town of Gawler Annual Report 2012/13
Page 13
introduction •
summary
• strategic directions • statutory information • index
Role of Council
The role of Council can be summarised as follows:
• Provide for the government and management of the area
• Act as a representative, informed and responsible
decision maker in the interests of the community
• Provide and co-ordinate various public services and
facilities
• Develop the community and resources in a socially just
and ecologically sustainable manner
• Encourage and develop initiatives for improving quality of
life of its residents
• Represent the interests of the community
• Exercise, perform and discharge statutory powers,
functions and duties
Role of Chief Executive Officer
The Chief Executive Officer provides leadership to the
organisation and is responsible for ensuring Council’s local
laws, decisions and policies are implemented in line with the
Local Government Act 1999
, and other relevant legislation.
The Chief Executive Officer is also responsible for providing
timely professional advice to Council and managing a
professional relationship with the Mayor, Councillors and staff.
Code of Conduct
The
Local Government Act 1999
(the Act) provides a regulatory
framework for the adoption and enforcement of the Elected
Members Code of Conduct in South Australia. Town of Gawler
Council has an Elected Members and staff Code of Conduct
that is in accordance with the procedures set down in the Act. It
provides Elected Members and staff with a frame of reference
pertaining to their roles, obligations and acceptable standards
of behaviour.
External auditors
Chartered Accountants Dean Newbery and Partners were
responsible for the independent external audit of Council’s
2012/13 annual financial statements. Details are contained on
pages 80 - 119 of the Annual Report.
Risk management
Local Government in South Australia is self-insured through
the Local Government Insurance Scheme with all insurance
covers placed through this scheme (Workers Compensation,
Public Liability, Professional Indemnity, Building, Fleet, etc).
Council continues to work towards compliance with the SA
Local Government Associations ‘One System’ approach to
Work Health and Safety. Council employs a Work Health
Safety Officer and continues formal consultations with staff
via the Work Health Safety Committee and through the Local
Government Association Workers Compensation Scheme.
Records management
The ongoing implementation of TRIM Electronic Document
and Records Management System has been a continued
focus during 2012/13. This included preparation for titling,
access controls, training and changes to policy and
procedures requirements. Council’s annual records disposal
program continued for records re-appraisal, destruction and
transfer to permanent or temporary off-site storage according
to State Records guidelines and approval.
Financial management
The Local Government Act 1999, and the associated Local
Government (Financial Management) Regulations, prescribe
the financial governance practices that must be applied by the
Council.
In this regard, the key financial management elements are as
follows:
• Adoption of Annual Budget / Business Plan (Section 123
(1) of the Act) – the 2012/2013 Annual Budget / Business
Plan was adopted on 16 August 2012;
• Annual review of Long Term Financial Plan (Section 122 (4
(a) of the Act) – the updated Long Term Financial Plan was
adopted by Council on 16 August 2012 (with a further
update adopted on 25 June 2013 as part of the adoption of
the 2013/2014 Budget / Business Plan);
• Periodic reviews of the Annual Budget / Business Plan
(Section 123(13) of the Act) – quarterly reviews of the
2012/2013 Annual Budget / Business Plan were considered
and adopted by Council as at 31 October 2012, 31 January
2013 and 30 April 2013;
• Preparation of Annual Financial Statements (Section 127
of the Act) – the independently audited 2012/2013 Financial
Statements are included as an appendix to this report;
• Internal Control policies (Section 125 of the Act) – in
February 2012 Council engaged an independent consultant
to undertake a comprehensive review of Council’s financial
internal controls. The majority of the recommendations
that emanated from the independent review have since
been implemented by Council, with quarterly monitoring
reports being tabled to Council’s Audit Committee.
Corporate Governance
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