Councils have certain functions and duties which they must perform, and certain powers which they may exercise, pursuant to the Local Government Act 1999 as well as a range of other Acts. In most cases the relevant Acts grant these obligations and powers directly to the Council. As it is not practical nor efficient for the Council as a body of Elected Members to perform the many operational activities that are required in the day-to-day administration of the Council's roles and functions, Section 44 of the Local Government Act 1999 allows a Council to formally delegate many of its powers and functions (within certain stated conditions and exemptions) to the Chief Executive Officer, who may then sub-delegate these powers and functions to other responsible staff. Council may also delegate their powers and functions to a Committee of Council.
All delegations made by the Council can be revoked at any time and do not, except in limited circumstances, prevent Council from acting in a matter itself. In addition, an officer to whom a delegation has been made may choose not to exercise that delegation and bring a matter direct to Council for direction.
The Northern Areas Council Delegations Register has been established to meet Council’s operational requirements and is a record of the powers and functions that have been delegated from Council to the Chief Executive Officer (or a person acting in that capacity). Listed below are the documents that together comprise Council’s Delegations Register.
Community Titles Act 1996(169 kb)
Development Act 1993(573 kb)
Dog and Cat Management Act 1995(148 kb)
Environment Protection Act 1993(125 kb)
Expiation of Offences Act 1996(116 kb)
Fences Act 1975(101 kb)
Food Act 2001(124 kb)
Gas Act 1997(97 kb)
Liquor Licensing Act 1997(106 kb)
Local Government Act 1999(612 kb)
Real Property Act 1886(220 kb)
Safe Drinking Water Act 2011(118 kb)
Strata Titles Act 1988(135 kb)
Unclaimed Goods Act 1987(113 kb)
Work Health and Safety Act 2012(132 kb)