Legislative Framework

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.

City of Onkaparinga Delegations

The City of Onkaparinga Delegations Register (‘the 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).  

Below is Council’s Delegations Register under which council administers, on a day-to-day basis, the relevant delegated powers identified under each Act.   

Adobe PDF DocumentDelegations Register August 2017 (2073 KB)

As set out in section 44(6) the Delegations Register is to be reviewed by Council at least once in every financial year.