About policies and procedures

What is a policy?

Policies express Council’s position on a particular issue or subject. It records the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of Council decision making.

Policies must be formally adopted in a meeting of Council and comply with Council’s legal obligations and relevant community standards.

What is a procedure?

Procedures describe the specific steps that are to be followed in order to implement a policy.

Procedures must be adopted by the Management Executive Group (MANEX) or Council before they are added to a policy.

Why are policies and procedures important?

Kempsey Shire Council has many responsibilities and performs many tasks to maintain and improve the Shire and make it a great place to live, work and play.

Policies and procedures are essential to ensure that legal, fair and consistent decisions are made across the Council. They support Council in achieving its corporate objectives and provide crucial guidelines for Councillors, staff and other stakeholders. Without sound policies and procedures there is a greater risk of inconsistency, confusion and inefficiency.

Each of our policies includes policy objectives and what Council has resolved to achieve these objectives. Each policy statement lists the procedural and other documents that support the policy.