Powers of Council

Council only has the power conferred on it by the Victorian Parliament. These powers are listed in the Local Government Act 1989.

The Local Government Act contains a "Local Government Charter", which identifies the purpose of local government, along with the objectives, role, functions and powers of Councils.

The Act states, "a Council has the power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done in connection with the achievement of its objectives and the performance of its functions", but this broad power is limited by any restrictions imposed by the Local Government Act or any other Act.

The Victorian Constitution recognises local government as "a distinct and essential tier of government consisting of democratically elected Councils having the functions and powers that the Parliament considers are necessary to ensure the peace, order and good government of each municipal district" (s. 74A(1)).

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