The principal legislation establishing the powers and functions of councils is the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act). The Act describes the role of councils:
to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the community
- to represent the interests of the community
- to provide for the peace, order and good government of the municipal area.
A broad range of services are provided by council including but not limited to:
- Road construction and maintenance
- Street lighting
- Rubbish and recycling collection
- Stormwater drainage
- Traffic and or parking management
- Planning and building services
- Public health such as inspecting cafes, shops and manufacturing premises to check for hygienic conditions
- Sporting ovals, parks and public reserves
- Community halls
- Community services such as child care, immunisation services, services for young people and seniors and health promotion.
- Community festivals and events
- Economic development and tourism
In addition to the services listed, most of Council's operations are regulated or guided by a range of related legislation, regulations, bylaws and policies.