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Roles and Function of Council

Find out exactly what role Council and Local Government play in your community.

Local Councils in South Australia, including the City of Salisbury, are established and empowered by the State Government under the Local Government Act 1999.

The principal roles of a Council are to provide for Government and management of its area at the local level. Specifically, Councils are required to: 

  • act as a representative, informed and responsible decision-maker in the interests of its community
  • provide and coordinate various public services and facilities and to develop its community and resources in a socially just and ecologically sustainable manner
  • encourage and develop initiatives within its community for improving the quality of life of the community
  • represent the interests of its community to the wider community
  • exercise, perform and discharge the powers, functions and duties of Local Government under this and other Acts in relation to the area for which it is constituted

For more detailed information about the roles, functions, and objectives of councils, visit the Office of Local Government's website resource: 'How Councils Work - A Guide to the Rules'.

See below for information about Council meetings, Committees and Elected Members.