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Annual Report 2015-2016 - Governance

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Governance is the process of governing (formal or informal) by which Council makes decisions; distributes and exercises authority and power; determines strategic goals; develops institutional rules; and assigns responsibility for those matters.

Governance involves a focus on the clarity of roles and responsibilities, which support both internal and external accountability and public access to decision-making and information.

Democratic governance is the process by which democratically elected governments undertake their duty of governing for and on behalf of their constituents and community as a whole. This is essential to an understanding of good governance in the local government sector.