Policies are resolutions of Council to guide the management of an issue. Many Council Policies are enforceable as law under the Local Government Act or other legislation. Others simply state the overarching intent of Council on an issue - they constitute a direction to the General Manager.
Council Policies were adopted by resolution of Council on 28 August 2017, and at subsequent Council meetings.
Council's Policies can be viewed by finding them through the search below or by visiting the Customer Service counter, Civic Centre, Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga.
You may wish to revisit this site, as these policies may be changed or added to by Council resolution, with suitable opportunity for public comment.
Comments or suggestions can be made in writing to The General Manager, Wagga Wagga City Council, PO Box 20, Wagga Wagga 2650 or by email email@example.com
Search all of Council Policies:
Activities in Public Road Reserves POL 008
This Policy is designed to clarify and to address aspects of road reserves as assets and as resources for the community. These include ownership, funding, management, maintenance and the use of road reserves under Council's control.
Activities in Public Road Reserves POL 008 (229.8 KB)
Activities on Footpath Policy POL 041
This policy details the variety of activities carried out on footpaths and car parks under Council's control. It details the procedure on how to make an application and what conditions are applicable to the approval that the prospective applicants need to understand and comply with.
Appointment of Organisation Community and Individual Citizen Members to Council Committees Policy POL 117
The objective of this policy is to prescribe the process for the appointment of individuals to Council Committee as either representing organisations or the general community.
Asbestos Policy POL 029
Wagga Wagga City Council acknowledges the serious health hazard of exposure to asbestos. The Policy provides information for the local community and wider public.
Asbestos Policy POL 029 (686.3 KB)
Asset Management Policy POL 001.pdf
Asset Management Policy POL 001.pdf (72.4 KB)
Awnings Policy POL 050
This policy has been designed to protect public health and safety from the risk of harm, injury or death which may result from the failure of an awning of an awning overhanging the Council's footways.
Awnings Policy POL 050 (317.7 KB)
Budget Policy POL 052
This policy provides clear direction to management and staff in relation to budget management and reporting performance against Council's adopted budget.
Budget Policy POL 052 (222.1 KB)
Business Continuity Policy POL 081
The purpose of this policy is to maintain the highest possible integrity and continuity for services provided by the Council, safeguard the Council's assets, including people, property and financial resources, ensure the uninterrupted availability of resources so that Council can continue to perform the Critical Business Functions that support its critical objectives.
Business Continuity Policy POL 081 (160.3 KB)
Caution Guidelines under the Fines Act 1996
Child Protection Policy POL 083
This Policy demonstrates Wagga Wagga City Council's commitment to the protection of children and young people. and supports key objectives of Council's Strategic Plan 2008-2018 "Our City Our Tomorrow" to support and promote the safety, health and wellbeing of the community and to become an employer of choice.
Child Protection Policy POL 083 (281.5 KB)
City of Wagga Wagga Planning Agreement Policy POL 096
The purpose of this Policy is to assist planning authorities, developers, and others in the preparation of planning agreements under s93F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and to understand the role of planning agreements in the planning process.
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Policy POL 058
This policy underpins the introduction, ongoing management and operation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) within the Central Business District (CBD) of Wagga Wagga. Standard Operating Procedures will guide staff in the day-to-day operation of the scheme and ensure alignment with the NSW Government Policy Statement and Guidelines for the Establishment and Implementation of CCTV in Public Places.
Code of Conduct
This Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW ("the Model Code of Conduct") is made for the purposes of section 440 of the Local Government Act 1993 ("the Act"). Section 440 of the Act requires every council to adopt a code of conduct that incorporates the provisions of the Model Code. For the purposes of section 440 of the Act, the Model Code of Conduct comprises all parts of this document. Councillors, administrators, members of staff of council, independent conduct reviewers, members of council committees including the conduct review committee and delegates of the council must comply with the applicable provisions of council's code of conduct in carrying out their functions as council officials. It is the personal responsibility of council officials to comply with the standards in the code and regularly review their personal circumstances with this in mind.
Code of Conduct (1.7 MB)
Code of Conduct Procedures
These procedures ("the Model Code Procedures") are prescribed for the purposes of the administration of the Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW ("the Model Code"). The Model Code and Model Code Procedures are made under sections 440 and 440AA respectively of the Local Government Act 1993 ("the Act") and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 ("the Regulation"). Sections 440 and 440AA of the Act require every council to adopt a code of conduct and procedures for the administration of the code of conduct that incorporate the provisions of the Model Code and Model Code Procedures respectively.
Code of Conduct Procedures (1.6 MB)
Code of Meeting Practice
This Code sets out the procedures for all Council and Council Committee meetings. The Code incorporates the meeting procedure requirements set out in the Local Government Act 1993 and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005. It also contains additional provisions specific to the City of Wagga Wagga.
Code of Meeting Practice (559.7 KB)
Commercial Advertising on Council Assets Policy POL 023
This policy applies to commercial advertising at Council by commercial or other organisations.
Community Facility Direction Signs Policy - POL 015
The purpose of this Policy is to simplify the requirements of road users within the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area (LGA) to locate community facilities through directional signage, in compliance with Australian Standard AS1742.5:1997 and AS/NZS1906.1:2007.
Community Gardens Policy POL 024
Wagga Wagga City Council supports the development of community gardens by working in conjunction with community partners. The scope of this policy is to provide a policy and management framework for sites around the Local Government Area.
Community Gardens Policy POL 024 (206.9 KB)
Community Sharps Management Policy POL 088
This policy aims to maintain high standards of workplace safety, public health and safety, and environmental management through effective management of the disposal of community sharps.
Community Sharps Management Policy POL 088 (192.7 KB)
Complaints Handling Policy POL 103
Council is committed to ensuring the opportunity is available to express dissatisfaction through an effective complaints management system and that any complaint received through the system is dealt with courteously, investigated fully and acted on within an appropriate time period.
Complaints Handling Policy POL 103 (353.0 KB)
Condolences and Memorials for Staff and Councillors Policy POL 042
The purpose of this policy is to bring together a common best practice approach to responding to the death of an employee or Councillor. It is important that the relevant information reaches the right people and that, where necessary, staff are provided with appropriate support.
Conflicts of Interest Policy POL 112
Conflicts of interest can arise when Councillors or Council staff are influenced, or appear to be influenced, by personal interest when carrying out their duties. The perception of a conflict can be as damaging as an actual conflict, because it undermines public confidence in the integrity of the organisation involved and its staff.
Conflicts of Interest Policy POL 112 (733.5 KB)
Contaminated Lands POL 030
Contaminated Lands POL 030 (1.6 MB)
Corporate Purchase Card Policy - POL 053.pdf
The purpose of this Policy is to assist Council employees and the Mayor in complying with Wagga Wagga City Council policy and procedures for business supplied Corporate Purchase Cards and in particular, to outline the conditions of use for Corporate Purchase Card when purchasing goods and services for Council operations.
Corporate Purchase Card Policy - POL 053.pdf (304.4 KB)
Councillor Training and Development Policy POL 113
The objective of this policy is to ensure that activities are available to all Councillors which contribute to the achievement of Wagga Wagga City Council's strategic and good governance objectives.
Councillors Records Management Policy POL 043
The intent of this policy is to assist Councillors in meeting their obligations under the State Records Act, and provides guidance on what those obligations are.
Debt Management Policy POL 017.pdf
Council’s Debt Recovery Policy aims to provide a framework for the recovery of unpaid rates and charges and unpaid sundry debtor accounts.
Debt Management Policy POL 017.pdf (773.7 KB)
Delegations Policy - POL 060
The Delegations Policy provides clear principles and a framework for the delegation of functions within Wagga Wagga City Council.
Delegations Policy - POL 060 (147.3 KB)
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy POL 012
The Enforcement and Prosecution Policy reflects the need for the decision making process of the Council authorised officers to be carried out in a transparent, efficient, fair and consistent manner having regard to all the circumstances.
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy POL 012 (253.0 KB)
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy POL 085
Wagga Wagga City Council has a legislative obligation to ensure the principles of equal employment opportunity and anti-discrimination are promoted and adhered to in the workplace. Discrimination in employment and in the supply of goods and services is unlawful under Commonwealth and New South Wales legislation.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy POL 085 (285.9 KB)
Executive and Lease Back Vehicles POL 076
The objective of this policy is to ensure that Council's passenger vehicle fleet is utilised properly and maintained in good condition and that the related Leaseback agreement with employees serves as an incentive to their employment with Council.
Executive and Lease Back Vehicles POL 076 (242.9 KB)
External Loans Borrowing Policy POL 019
The objective of this policy is to ensure that Council's loan borrowing procedures and commitments complies with relevant legislation and stays within optimum levels for annual budget and other financial purposes.
External Loans Borrowing Policy POL 019 (161.6 KB)
Financial Assistance Policy - POL 078.pdf
This policy will assist Council to determine an equitable and effective basis for the provision of financial assistance to meet the special needs of the community in line with Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act).
Financial Assistance Policy - POL 078.pdf (800.2 KB)
Financial Hardship Policy POL 102
Council's Financial Hardship Policy is to provide a formal process for the administration of assisting those ratepayers who are experiencing genuine financial hardship with the payment of their rates and/or charges.
Financial Hardship Policy POL 102 (236.4 KB)
Financial Reserves for Future Expenditures POL 021
The objective of this policy is to establish a policy structure for the creation and maintenance of reserves. The setting aside of amounts of cash from revenues to fund future capital expenditures by establishing reserves is a key component of Local Government financial management.
Fraud and Corruption Policy POL 100
Council is committed to preventing fraud at its origin and believes that an emphasis on prevention and detection is the best way to deal with fraud. The underlining thrust of Council's policy on fraud prevention is to encourage the public and staff to understand that fraudulent acts against Council are unacceptable, may constitute a criminal offence and will be prosecuted.
Fraud and Corruption Policy POL 100 (234.9 KB)
Gifts and Benefits Policy POL 107
The policy is designed to provide guidance to Councillors, employees and volunteers on the issue of gifts, benefits and bribery.
Gifts and Benefits Policy POL 107 (527.2 KB)
Grants and Partnership Sponsorship provided to Council Policy POL 022
This policy applies to the sponsorship, grants and funding of events, facilities, activities or the functions of Council.
Hiring a Council Community Centre or Hall Policy POL 061
The Policy aims to ensure that a range of user groups have fair and equitable access to Council’s Community Facilities.
Internal Loans Borrowing Policy POL 020
The objective of this policy is to establish a Council policy in relation to the operations of the internal loan scheme, including types of projects to be funded, interest rates and associated matters.
Internal Loans Borrowing Policy POL 020 (159.2 KB)
Investment Policy POL 075
This policy aims to ensure that Council's funds are invested in a financially responsible manner, and that the capital component of investment funds is maintained in real terms and in addition a reasonable rate of return is achieved.
Investment Policy POL 075 (336.9 KB)
Leasing and Licensing Policy POL 038
All leases, licences and temporary licences are to be issued by Council as Trust Manager of the Reserve Trust. The documents may be executed by either the Trust (under Common Seal) or by the General Manager and Mayor as Trust Manager.
Leasing and Licensing Policy POL 038 (189.5 KB)
Legislative Compliance Policy POL 101
This policy, and the principles aim to prevent, and where necessary, identify and respond to breaches of laws, regulations, codes or organisational standards occurring in the organisation, promote a culture of compliance within the organisation; and assist the Council in achieving the highest standards of governance.
Legislative Compliance Policy POL 101 (210.3 KB)
Liquid Trade Waste Regulation Policy POL 006
This policy sets out how Wagga Wagga City Council will regulate sewerage and trade waste discharges into its sewer system in accordance with the NSW Framework and Regulation of Sewerage and Trade Waste.
Liquid Trade Waste Regulation Policy POL 006 (656.8 KB)
Livestock Marketing Centre Quality Policy POL 063
The Wagga Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre operates under a quality assurance program certified by National Saleyard Quality Assurance Limited (NSQA). The Quality Policy provides assurances in the areas of food safety, final meat quality, stock traceability and customer satisfaction.
Loans to Community Organisations Policy POL 010
This Policy aims to facilitate the ongoing improvements to facilities and development of Community Organisations in partnership with Council.
Lobbying of Councillors Policy POL 091
This Policy has been prepared to assist the Mayor and Councillors to manage the conflict of roles that may arise when they receive representations from special interest groups, by individuals with a direct interest in a Council decision or by advocates acting on behalf of others seeking the Councillor to represent their interests in a matter before the Council.
Lobbying of Councillors Policy POL 091 (287.8 KB)
Major Events, Festivals and Films Sponsorship Policy POL 08
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that Council receives maximum economic benefit from its funding allocation for sponsorship and to ensure that the available funds are distributed in a transparent manner. The Policy will be used to guide Council officers and elected officials in determining the distribution of the funding for the sponsorship of major events.
Media Policy POL 090
This policy is intended to provide guidance and a consistent framework for the provision of media comment in relation to Council business.
Media Policy POL 090 (274.2 KB)
Museum of the Riverina Collection Management Policy POL 074 074
The purpose of the Policy is to serve the City of Wagga Wagga and its communities through the establishment and operation of a best practice regional museum.
Parks Naming Policy POL 055
The Parks Naming Policy provides a mechanism for the appropriate naming of open space areas within the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area (LGA) and provides an opportunity for the community to put forward names for consideration by Council.
Parks Naming Policy POL 055 (218.0 KB)
Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities to Councillors - POL 025.pdf
The Local Government Act 1993 requires that Council must adopt a policy concerning the payment of expenses incurred by, and the provision of facilities to the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor and other Councillors.
Petitions Management Policy POL 086
The objective of the Petitions Management Policy is to ensure the views of the community are presented to Councillors and staff in order to be considered when making decisions and to set out a consistent approach to ensure petitions are authentic and are handled in an effective and timely manner.
Petitions Management Policy POL 086 (382.7 KB)
Plaques Policy POL 028
The purpose of this Policy is intended to provide guidance and a consistent framework for the installation of all plaques to be installed in the City of Wagga Wagga local government area.
Plaques Policy POL 028 (164.2 KB)
This policy sets out the relevant requirements to promote the protection of personal and health information and the protection of privacy, and provides the foundation for Council’s Privacy Management Plan.
Processing Development Applications lodged by Councillors, Staff and Individuals POL 046
The objective of this policy is to provide a transparent protocol for the determination of development applications lodged by Councillors, Council Staff and their relatives, and development applications lodged by Council for development on Council owned land.
Procurement and Disposal Policy POL 110
This Policy has be developed to standardise and co-ordinate purchasing and disposal practices and procedures at Wagga Wagga City Council in the procurement of goods and services.
Procurement and Disposal Policy POL 110 (170.7 KB)
Provision of Information to and Interaction Between Councillors and Staff Policy POL 089
This policy deals with the interaction between Councillors and Council staff, as well as Councillors' access to Council offices and their access to Council records and information.
Public Access to Information Policy POL 108
The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) extends the right of the community to have access to information held by State Government departments, local and public authorities with a view to achieving more open, accountable, fair and transparent government. The purpose of this Policy is to facilitate the public's right to access government information under the GIPA Act.
Public Access to Information Policy POL 108 (267.8 KB)
Public Art Policy POL 109
The objective of this policy is to Develop an integrated approach to public art planning and create opportunities for employment and training for artists in our community to enable them to develop and work in a creative environment.
Public Art Policy POL 109 (235.3 KB)
Public Interest Disclosures Policy POL 097
This Policy establishes an internal reporting system for the reporting of disclosures of corrupt conduct, maladministration or the serious and substantial waste of public money by the Wagga Wagga City Council, its staff and Councillors.
Public Interest Disclosures Policy POL 097 (621.6 KB)
Related Party Disclosure Policy - POL 031 - 2017
This Policy has been developed to provide guidance in complying with the Local Government Act, section 413(3), which requires Council to prepare its General Purpose Financial Statements in compliance with Australian Accounting Standards. The relevant standard for the purpose of this Policy is AASB 124 Related Party Disclosures, July 2015 (AASB 124).
Replacement of Stolen or Damaged Kerbside Collection Bins POL 016
Council aims to provide fair and reasonable access to garbage and recycling services for all residents through a contractor. This policy seeks to minimise loss of access to services and cost to Council through theft of landholders' kerbside collection bins.
Restricted Vehicle Access Management Policy POL 002
The objective of this Policy is to define Council's management of Restricted Access Vehicles on Council Roads and to best manage the balance between the economic contribution that these vehicle types provide to the community, with the impact of their operation on Council infrastructure.
Return on Investment Council Businesses Policy POL 013
Council provides more than seventy different services, and programs to the community which aligns with its charter under the Local Government Act 1993.
Risk Management Policy POL 079
The purpose of this policy is to establish the systems and processes required to manage the risks involved in Council's activities so as to maximise opportunities and minimise negative outcomes.
Risk Management Policy POL 079 (225.2 KB)
Road and Suburb Naming Policy
The purpose of this policy is to outline a clear set of guidelines for road naming and renaming with appropriate reference to Legislative Requirements and Geographic Names Board Guidelines.
Road and Suburb Naming Policy (293.9 KB)
Security Deposits Interest Payments POL 051
The purpose of this policy is to facilitate the processing of interest payments on security deposits held by Council pursuant to a development/approval condition.
Security Deposits Interest Payments POL 051 (266.4 KB)
Sewer Policy POL 036
As part of this overall objective Council has a Sewer Objective of "the protection of the health and amenity of the entire City, by ensuring that appropriate Sewer Services are provided and maintained".
Sewer Policy POL 036 (427.8 KB)
Signs as Remote Supervision Policy POL 011
The Signs as Remote Supervision Policy was developed to provide a simple, systematic and readily useable procedure to determine signage requirements for facilities within Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC), such as reserves, parks and pools, which are owned and/or operated by Council or under the care and control of WWCC.
Signs as Remote Supervision Policy POL 011 (162.7 KB)
Smoke-Free Outdoor Areas Policy POL 009
There is substantial evidence linking exposure to second-hand smoke with a range of serious and life threatening health impacts including heart disease, cancer, asthma and other respiratory problems. The introduction of this policy is in the interests of the health of our local community and environment.
Smoke-Free Outdoor Areas Policy POL 009 (214.3 KB)
Stormwater Policy POL 037
This policy provides for the consideration and creation of encumbrances of stormwater assets by buildings and other structures or assets. The policy is an interim policy which is intended to provide for the period up to the establishment of a stormwater system asset database that is equivalent to the existing sewer system asset database.
Stormwater Policy POL 037 (644.9 KB)
Street Tree Policy - POL 048.pdf
This Policy applies to all street trees planted and manage by Council throughout the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area.
Street Tree Policy - POL 048.pdf (237.1 KB)
Subsidy for Waste Disposal by Charitable Organisations Policy POL 093
This policy has been developed in response to requests from charitable organisations community groups, and individuals located within the Wagga Wagga local government area for subsidised fees for the disposal of waste material at the Gregadoo Waste Management Centre.
Swimming Pool Policy POL 049
This policy has been designed to provide advise to the community regarding the dangers of drowning presented to young children, particularly those under the age of five years, by domestic swimming pools. The objectives of this policy are to: save and protect lives by preventing drowning in backyard pools; and inform pool owners of their responsibilities.
Swimming Pool Policy POL 049 (361.4 KB)
Unreasonable Complainant Contact Policy – POL 056
This policy sets out Council’s approach to the communication Council considers unreasonable or unacceptable received from customers, and the action it will take in order to manage the situation.
Use of Council Logo and Coat of Arms POL 026
The purpose of this policy is to protect the image of Council through the use of Council's Logo and the Wagga Wagga Coat of Arms by organisations outside of Council.
Use of Council Logo and Coat of Arms POL 026 (633.7 KB)
Use of Council Plant & Equipment - POL 077
Council's plant or equipment, under no circumstances is to be used by Council employees or for that matter by any other person, without payment of the prescribed rates being made for such use or by a specific resolution of the Council.
Use of Council Plant & Equipment - POL 077 (197.2 KB)
Visitor Access to Staff Only Areas POL 007
The objective of this policy is to define which visitors may be granted access to Council's secure areas and outline the way that visitors may be provided access to Council's secure areas.
Visitor Access to Staff Only Areas POL 007 (243.0 KB)
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery - Collection Management Policy POL 004
This policy determines the parameters and guidelines for the acquisition and accession of artworks into the permanent collections of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Exhibition Policy POL 005
This policy determines the parameters and guidelines for the use of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery's community exhibition spaces - Links Gallery and the E3 art space.
Wagga Wagga Cemeteries Policy POL 039
The objective of this Policy is to set clear guidelines for the efficient operation and maintenance of Council's Cemeteries and Crematorium.
Wagga Wagga Cemeteries Policy POL 039 (46.8 KB)
Weed Management Policy POL 033
The objective of this policy is to control all declared noxious weeds to a point of minimum impact on the community, industry, environment and economy within the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area (LGA).
Weed Management Policy POL 033 (231.4 KB)
Welcome to Wagga Wagga Sign Policy POL 071
Council has final approval of any signs being placed at the Tarcutta Street underpass. Conditions apply.
Welcome to Wagga Wagga Sign Policy POL 071 (178.6 KB)
Work Health and Safety Policy POL 080
The objective of this Policy is to ensure as far as is reasonably practicable that Wagga Wagga City Council complies with its legislative obligations as required by various acts governing work health, safety and injury management through consultation and risk management, commit to a system that allows us to identify and assess risks, and eliminate and/or minimise risk to health and safety of workers and others, promote work health and safety as a shared responsibility of all in the workplace, clearly define roles and responsibilities for Work Health and Safety and promote effective consultation on Work Health and Safety matters with workers and others.
Work Health and Safety Policy POL 080 (272.0 KB)
Works In Kind Policy POL 003
This Policy has been developed to provide a standard procedure and criteria for the assessment of offers made by a developer for a works in kind or other material public benefit in lieu of the partial or full payment of Section 94 developer contributions required under Council's Section 94 plan or Section 94A levies required under Council's Section 94A contributions plan.
Works In Kind Policy POL 003 (161.7 KB)