Amendment to Governance Rules

Amendment to Governance Rules – Virtual Meetings

Council proposes to amend its Governance Rules (The current rules with track changes: Governance Rules(PDF, 2MB)) so that it can conduct virtual meetings on a permanent basis and provide for Councillors to attend and be present at meetings by electronic means of communication.

The current arrangements for Councils to conduct virtual meetings in response to COVID-19 will cease on 2 September 2022 and new provisions in the Local Government Act 2020 require all Victorian Councils to amend their Governance Rules in respect of the conduct of Council meetings to make this happen.

Council is proposing the following changes to this review:

  • Provisions to allow for virtual meetings
  • Provisions to allow for the acceptance of electronic petitions, joint letters and memorials
  • Reflect the repeal of certain provisions in the Local Government Act 1989
  • Adopting a more gender neutral language, and 
  • Other minor administrative changes

Council is inviting comment from the community on the proposed amendments to the Governance rules by 9am on Monday, 15 August 2022.

Submissions should be addressed to the CEO, Horsham Rural City Council and can be sent in writing to PO Box 511, Horsham 3400, emailed to or dropped into Customer Service at our Civic Centre, 18 Roberts Avenue, Horsham.

A copy of the proposed amendments can be viewed here (The proposed amendments: Amended Governance Rules(PDF, 575KB)) and is available on request by phoning 03 5382 9777 during business hours.

The Councillor group will at a later date, conduct a more detailed review of its Governance Rules.

Should you require further information please contact the Director Corporate Services on 03 5382 9777.