Local Government Act 1993 No 30
Current version for 1 July 2020 to date (accessed 17 July 2020 at 00:20)
Chapter 9 Part 2 Division 2
Division 2 The mayor
225   The mayor
An area must have a mayor who is elected in accordance with this Division.
226   Role of mayor
The role of the mayor is as follows—
(a)  to be the leader of the council and a leader in the local community,
(b)  to advance community cohesion and promote civic awareness,
(c)  to be the principal member and spokesperson of the governing body, including representing the views of the council as to its local priorities,
(d)  to exercise, in cases of necessity, the policy-making functions of the governing body of the council between meetings of the council,
(e)  to preside at meetings of the council,
(f)  to ensure that meetings of the council are conducted efficiently, effectively and in accordance with this Act,
(g)  to ensure the timely development and adoption of the strategic plans, programs and policies of the council,
(h)  to promote the effective and consistent implementation of the strategic plans, programs and policies of the council,
(i)  to promote partnerships between the council and key stakeholders,
(j)  to advise, consult with and provide strategic direction to the general manager in relation to the implementation of the strategic plans and policies of the council,
(k)  in conjunction with the general manager, to ensure adequate opportunities and mechanisms for engagement between the council and the local community,
(l)  to carry out the civic and ceremonial functions of the mayoral office,
(m)  to represent the council on regional organisations and at inter-governmental forums at regional, State and Commonwealth level,
(n)  in consultation with the councillors, to lead performance appraisals of the general manager,
(o)  to exercise any other functions of the council that the council determines.
227   Who elects the mayor?
The mayor of an area is the person elected to the office of mayor by—
(a)  the councillors from among their number, unless there is a decision in force under this Division which provides for the election of the mayor by the electors, or
(b)  the electors, if such a decision is in force.
Note.
 As to the election of the mayor, see also section 282.
228   How is it decided that the mayor be elected by the electors?
(1)  It may be decided at a constitutional referendum that the mayor be elected by the electors.
(2)  A decision that the mayor be elected by the electors takes effect in relation to the next ordinary election after the decision is made.
229   Can the decision be changed?
(1)  A decision that the mayor be elected by the electors is rescinded only if a constitutional referendum decides in favour of discontinuing that means of election.
(2)  The rescission takes effect in relation to the next ordinary election after the rescission occurs.
230   For what period is a mayor elected?
(1)  A mayor elected by the councillors holds the office of mayor for 2 years, subject to this Act.
(2)  A mayor elected by the electors holds the office of mayor for 4 years, subject to this Act.
(3)  The office of mayor—
(a)  commences on the day the person elected to the office is declared to be so elected, and
(b)  becomes vacant when the person’s successor is declared to be elected to the office, or on the occurrence of a casual vacancy in the office.
(4)  A person elected to fill a casual vacancy in the office of mayor holds the office for the balance of the predecessor’s term.
231   Deputy mayor
(1)  The councillors may elect a person from among their number to be the deputy mayor.
(2)  The person may be elected for the mayoral term or a shorter term.
(3)  The deputy mayor may exercise any function of the mayor at the request of the mayor or if the mayor is prevented by illness, absence or otherwise from exercising the function or if there is a casual vacancy in the office of mayor.
(4)  The councillors may elect a person from among their number to act as deputy mayor if the deputy mayor is prevented by illness, absence or otherwise from exercising a function under this section, or if no deputy mayor has been elected.