Gawler 2013-14 Annual Report - page 13

Town of GawlerAnnual Report 2013/14
Page 13
introduction •
summary
• strategic directions • statutory information • index
RoleofCouncil
The roleofCouncil canbesummarisedas follows:
• Provide for thegovernment andmanagement of thearea
• Act asa representative, informedand responsible
decisionmaker in the interestsof thecommunity
• Provideandco-ordinatevariouspublicservicesand
facilities
• Develop thecommunityand resources inasocially just
andecologicallysustainablemanner
• Encourageanddevelop initiatives for improvingqualityof
lifeof its residents
• Represent the interestsof thecommunity
• Exercise, performanddischargestatutorypowers,
functionsandduties
RoleofChiefExecutiveOfficer
TheChief ExecutiveOfficer provides leadership to the
organisationand is responsible for ensuringCouncil’s local
laws, decisionsandpoliciesare implemented in linewith the
LocalGovernmentAct 1999, andother relevant legislation.
TheChief ExecutiveOfficer isalso responsible for providing
timelyprofessional advice toCouncil andmanaginga
professional relationshipwith theMayor,Councillorsandstaff.
CodeofConduct
On29August 2013, anewCodeofConduct forCouncil
Memberswasmadeby theLocalGovernment (General)
Regulations2013.TheCodeofConduct applies toallCouncil
MembersacrossSouthAustralia.
On13February2014, anewCodeofConduct forCouncil
Employeeswasmadeby theLocalGovernment (General)
Regulations2013.TheCodeofConduct applies toallCouncil
employeesacrossSouthAustralia.
CouncilMembersandCouncil employeesmust complywith
the respectiveprovisionsof theCodes incarryingout their
functionsaspublicofficials. It is thepersonal responsibilityof
CouncilMembersandCouncil employees toensure that they
are familiarwith, andcomplywith, thestandards in theCodes
at all times toensure their responsibilitiesarebeingmet under
theLocalGovernmentAct 1999.
External auditors
CharteredAccountantsDeanNewberyandPartnerswere
responsible for the independent external audit ofCouncil’s
2012/13annual financial statements.Detailsarecontainedon
pages74-124of theAnnual Report.
Riskmanagement
LocalGovernment inSouthAustralia isself-insured through
theLocalGovernment InsuranceSchemewithall insurance
coversplaced through thisscheme (WorkersCompensation,
PublicLiability, Professional Indemnity, Building, Fleet, etc).
Council continues towork towardscompliancewith theSA
LocalGovernmentAssociations ‘OneSystem’ approach to
WorkHealthandSafety.Council employsaWorkHealth
SafetyOfficer andcontinues formal consultationswithstaff
via theWorkHealthSafetyCommitteeand through theLocal
GovernmentAssociationWorkersCompensationScheme.
Recordsmanagement
Theongoing implementationofTRIMElectronicDocument
andRecordsManagement Systemhasbeenacontinued
focusduring2013/14.This includedpreparation for titling,
accesscontrols, trainingandchanges topolicyand
procedures requirements.Council’sannual recordsdisposal
programcontinued for records re-appraisal, destructionand
transfer topermanent or temporaryoff-sitestorageaccording
toStateRecordsguidelinesandapproval.
Financialmanagement
TheLocalGovernmentAct 1999, and theassociatedLocal
Government (FinancialManagement)Regulations2011,
prescribe the financial governancepractices thatmust be
appliedby theCouncil.
In this regard, thekey financialmanagement elementsareas
follows:
• AdoptionofAnnual Budget / BusinessPlan (Section123
of theAct) – the2013/2014Annual Budget / Business
Planwasadoptedon25June2013;
• Annual reviewof LongTermFinancial Plan (Section
122(4) of theAct) – theupdatedLongTermFinancial
PlanwasadoptedbyCouncil on25June2013aspart of
theadoptionof the2013/2014Budget / BusinessPlan;
• Periodic reviewsof theAnnual Budget / BusinessPlan
(Section123(13) of theAct) –quarterly reviewsof the
2013/2014Annual Budget / BusinessPlanwere
consideredandadoptedbyCouncil asat 31October
2013, 31January2014and30April 2014;
• PreparationofAnnual Financial Statements (Section127
of theAct) – the independentlyaudited2013/2014
Financial Statementsare includedasanappendix to this
report;
• Internal Control policies (Section125of theAct) –During
theyear,Council implemented theDeloitteBetterPractice
Model toassess theeffectivenessof internal controls.
Periodic reportswere tabled toCouncil’sAuditCommittee.
Inaddition to the legislative requirementsabove,Council
also incorporates the followingactivitieswithin its financial
governance framework:
CorporateGovernance
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