The Council and its operations are guided by legislation, policies and governing papers including by-laws, delegations, petitions, deputations, internal reviews and freedom of information.
The below registers are available to the public in accordance with the Local Government Act 1999.
The local government system is designed to provide the community with opportunities to raise concerns about matters in their area.
A petition to the council must meet the requirements set out in the City of Unley Code of Practice for Meeting Procedures, which incorporates the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013. These require that a petition must:
The following guidelines will assist you in this process.
Prepare your petition using Council’s petition template and distribute it to the community.
Ensure that you describe the specific request you are making of Council at Part 4 of the template, and that this is repeated at the top of each page of signatures you collect.
Provide a covering letter with the petition detailing the name, address and contact details of the Head Petitioner(s) to whom we can address correspondence.
Other requirements include:
Submit the petition to Council by lodging with the CEO at the Council’s Civic Centre Offices, 181 Unley Road, Unley, SA 5061 no later than 5 clear days before a Council meeting.
There is no specific provision for lodging petitions under the Development Act 1993. The Preparing a Representation Factsheet provides information about how to respond to Development Assessment matters.
If you or a group of people (maximum of three) wish to make a deputation, you must lodge a written request or completed Deputation Request Form with the Council’s Chief Executive Officer, addressed to City of Unley Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061.
You are required to:
To determine the topics scheduled at any forthcoming Council or Committee meeting you can access meeting agendas on our website or contact us on 8372 5111.
If your request has been granted, you will be invited to attend a Council or Committee meeting.
Any matters of concern regarding Council Members and Council staff can be raised formally in writing with the Chief Executive Officer or as per the Complaints Handling procedures.
Representors cannot participate in the debate or ask any questions of Council.
The City of Unley recognises the importance of transparency in Council decision-making and the need to provide a fair, objective and consistent process for the internal review of Council decisions.
If you are unhappy or dissatisfied with a Council decision and would like it reviewed, we encourage you to raise this with us. Visit the Customer Service Centre at 181 Unley Road, Unley during office hours or complete an online feedback form.
If you’re still dissatisfied, you can ask us to conduct an internal review of the decision.
Council has established a procedure for an Internal Review of Council Decision, in accordance with Section 270(1) of the Local Government Act 1999, that provides guidelines for how we will handle formal requests for a review of a decision of Council, its employees and other people acting on behalf of Council.
For further details and instructions of how to apply, view Procedure for an Internal Review of a Council Decision.
If you have any questions or need help completing the application, please contact us.
The Freedom of Information Act 1991 gives you the right to access documents in the Council's possession (subject to certain restrictions). It also allows amendments of documents in defined circumstances.
The Act only allows access to documents in Governments' possession and not documents owned by the private sector.
To apply, please read and complete the relevant form.
We suggest discussing your requirements with the Freedom of Information Officer before lodging an application. You can contact the Freedom of Information Officer by phoning 8372 5111 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Unley recognises that the Kaurna people are the traditional owners and occupiers of the land that now comprises the City of Unley.
We apologise for the pain, the grief and suffering experienced by Australian Indigenous people as a result of past laws, government policies, actions and attitudes. The City of Unley expresses deep sorrow that these actions and attitudes have occurred and has determined that such occurrences will not be repeated.
The City of Unley commits itself to an ongoing process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and recognises the historical and environmental significance of Kaurna sites within the City.
We recognise the significance and richness of the Kaurna culture and language.
Signed by Kaurna Elders Lewis O'Brien and Doris Graham and Mayor Michael Keenan on 30 November 2001.
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