How is the public consultation policy used?

    The public consultation policy is used alongside our Community Engagement Strategy.

    The public consultation policy sets out the legal requirements under the Act, while the Community Engagement Strategy establishes the principles to follow to ensure a best practice approach when undertaking community engagement.

    The proposed policy sets out Council’s legislated consultation requirements. However, in many instances Council will continue to adopt a best practice approach in line with its Community Engagement Strategy, going above and beyond the consultation requirements of the Act.

    What has changed?

    The name of the policy has changed from 'The Public Communication and Consultation Policy' to the 'Community Consultation Policy to provide consistency with current terminology.

    The current policy requires Council to consult on 18 areas of the Act. Amendments to the Act now require consultation on 20 areas. The policy has been amended to align with all areas of the Act that require public consultation.

    The current policy, which is 37 pages long, is made up mainly of the ‘schedules’ that describe the consultation requirements for each area that requires public consultation. 

    The policy layout has been simplified.The contents of Schedules A to L are now presented in one table that clarifies the consultation requirements for all areas that require public consultation. The purpose is to clearly present the public consultation requirements for each legislated area of the Act.

    The policy requires notices to be published in a newspaper circulating within the area of Council and a newspaper circulating state-wide. The Act does not stipulate publication of notices in a state-wide circulating newspaper.

    This requirement has been removed from the policy to align with the Act unless legislation (other than the Act) specifically states otherwise, or it is deemed best practice.

    What has not changed?

    Our commitment to best practice.

    We recognise our responsibility as a capital city council in seeking the views of all stakeholders impacted by our decisions. In many instances, this means advertising in state-wide media as well as in a newspaper circulating within the area of Council for issues which have impact beyond the city’s local community

    How do I provide my feedback?

    There are a few ways in which you can provide feedback:

    Submission Form

    The submission form (attached to this information pack) is an opportunity for you to provide comments regarding this project.

    Submission forms must include your name and residential address, which will be included in a report to Council, and will be publicly available. Completed forms can be submitted using one or more of the means below:

    Online Contribute your feedback via the Online Submission
     and/or the Q&A.

    Email your comments to

    Written SubmissionsAll written submissions must be received by 5.00pm on Wednesday 7 March 2018 and should be addressed to:

    Community Consultation

    Draft Community Consultation Policy

    GPO Box 2252, Adelaide SA 5001

    What happens next?

    We will acknowledge your feedback by email.

    All responses will be collated and presented in a report to Council in 2018.

    The information from the public consultation process will assist in the preparation of the final draft Community Consultation Policy that will be presented to Council for approval in 2018.

    Once approved, the Community Consultation Policy will be available online or for inspection (without charge) in our Customer Centre during office hours.  

    Who can I contact for further information?

    For enquires please contact:

    Ian Buchanan

    Community Engagement Officer

    T: (08) 8203 7887


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