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Strategies, Policies & Plans

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This Policy and associated Action Plan recognise the richness of Aboriginal cultures and the unique skills and knowledge that Aboriginal staff bring to City of Adelaide and to the City. Through this Policy, Council demonstrates its commitment to the improvement of social and economic opportunities for Aboriginal people through employment and development opportunities.

Access and Inclusion Strategy (PDF 2 MB) 22/10/2013

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The Access and Inclusion Strategy sets out the Council’s commitment to making the City a welcoming and inclusive place for people of all abilities to enjoy.

The Strategy aims to complement the directions of South Australian and Australian Government policy and help Council move toward a best practice model for access and inclusion planning, with a particular focus on better outcomes for people with disability. It provides a strategic framework that will guide Council staff and partners in the development of key actions within each program area (department) of Council through annual planning.

Active City Strategy 2013-2023 (PDF 11 MB) 22/10/2013

This Strategy sets the direction for the provision of recreation and sport opportunities that support and encourage people to be physically active in the City.

The Active City Strategy contains a series of strategies aimed at achieving four key outcomes over a 10 year period; ‘great spaces to be physically active’, ‘financially sustainable facilities’, ‘people choose to be physically active in the City’ and ‘community led sports opportunities’.

The Council has resolved to amend the Charter for the Adelaide Central Market Authority subsidiary, established pursuant to Section 42 of the Local Government Act 1999. Published in State Government Gazette 10 July 2014.

Adopted by Council 11 December 2006. Approved by Minister for Local/State Government Relations and published in State Government Gazette 14 December 2006.

The purpose of the Adelaide Park Lands Building Design Guidelines is to provide guidance to new buildings or alterations to existing buildings within the Adelaide Park Lands.

The Adelaide Park Lands Events Management Plan provides the management framework for Council and the community to adhere to in holding events in the Park Lands. It aims to strike a balance between growing events in the Park Lands, caring for the Park Lands and acknowledging the needs of local residents, businesses and the local community.

The Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy is an aspirational document developed by the Adelaide Park Lands Authority, a statutory body established by the Adelaide Park Lands Act 2005, to manage the iconic Park Lands.  It has been endorsed by City of Adelaide and now the Minister and the State Government will be asked to endorse the document too.

Application of Delegations (PDF 60 KB) 06/01/2014

This policy will provide a framework in which Council staff can exercise their delegated powers and functions in accordance with the directives from Council, the instruments of delegation and prescribed legislative requirements.

Arts and Cultural Funding Guidelines (PDF 794 KB) 07/09/2017

The Arts and Cultural Grants Program provides funding to eligible groups, organisations and individuals to deliver inspiring art and cultural projects and events which make a positive creative contribution to the City and demonstrate alignment with the City of Adelaide 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.

The Arts and Cultural Grants Program is intended to assist Council in the delivery of Theme 4: Creative - A multicultural city with a passion to create authentic and internationally renowned experiences by supporting creative enterprises, community groups and individuals to grow their contribution to the recreational, cultural and artistic life of the City.

Find out more about eligibility and application.

Asset Management Plan - Building (PDF 1 MB) 12/01/2017

This Infrastructure and Asset Management plan focuses on the management of the City of Adelaide’s property and buildings. This plan specifies the life cycle requirements for effective management, inspection and replacement of this asset group and outlines the financial implications and standards to be adhered to. The Asset Management plan is a tool which combines management, financial, engineering and technical practices to ensure the level of service required by customers is provided at the most economical cost to the community.

This Infrastructure and Asset Management plan focuses on the management of the City of Adelaide’s lighting, electrical and CCTV network. This plan is intended to demonstrate how Council will achieve this outcome by applying the principles of responsible asset management planning.

Asset management plan covering the Park Lands and open space elements including trees, irrigation, landscaped areas

This Infrastructure and Asset Management plan focuses on the management of the City of Adelaide’s transportation network. This plan specifies the life cycle requirements for effective management, inspection and replacement of this asset group and outlines the financial implications and standards to be adhered to.

This Infrastructure and Asset Management plan focuses on the management of the City of Adelaide’s Urban Elements. This plan specifies the life cycle requirements for effective management, inspection and replacement of this asset group and outlines the financial implications and standards to be adhered to.

This Infrastructure and Asset Management plan focuses on the management of the City of Adelaide’s Torrens Lake assets and stormwater drainage network. This plan specifies the life cycle requirements for effective management, inspection and replacement of this asset group and outlines the financial implications and standards to be adhered to.

Asset Management Policy (PDF 52 KB) 06/01/2014

This policy sets out the key Corporate Asset Management policies associated with the effective management of the City's assets.

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This Action Plan positions the City and City of Adelaide to conserve and sustainably manage its ecological systems including watercourses, with a focus on management of remnant vegetation and fauna in the Adelaide Park Lands and improvement of water quality in the Torrens Lake.

Building Inspection Policy (PDF 182 KB) 06/01/2014

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This objectives of this policy are to ensure buildings constructed comply with the Development Approval and associated conditions, ensure that existing buildings are safe to occupy and to ensure that all buildings are appropriate for their approved use.

The Busking Operating Guidelines is now categorised under Street Permit Operating Policy and Guidelines.

By Law 1 - Permits and Penalties (PDF 178 KB) 24/08/2015

By Law 10 - Smoking Control (PDF 122 KB) 24/08/2015

By Law 2 - Moveable Signs (PDF 150 KB) 24/08/2015

By Law 3 - Local Government Land (PDF 196 KB) 24/08/2015

By Law 4 - Roads (PDF 156 KB) 24/08/2015

By Law 5 - Waste Management (PDF 147 KB) 24/08/2015

By Law 7 - Dogs (PDF 79 KB) 24/08/2015

By Law 8 - Cats (PDF 125 KB) 24/08/2015

By Law 9 - Lodging Houses (PDF 86 KB) 24/08/2015

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Cabling and Communications (PDF 114 KB) 07/01/2014

Describes the provision and recording of cabling technology throughout the City of Adelaide.

Carbon Neutral Adelaide 2015-2025 (PDF 4 MB) 02/12/2015

Our Carbon Neutral Strategy 2015-2025 details our aspiration for Adelaide to be the world’s first carbon neutral city.

Caretaker Policy (PDF 202 KB) 07/01/2014

It is a long established democratic principle that outgoing elected bodies should not use public resources for election campaigning, nor make decisions which may unreasonably, inappropriately, or unnecessarily bind an incoming Council. This policy affirms Council's commitment to fair and democratic elections, and adherence to this principle. This policy includes a commitment to comply with the requirements of Section 91A of the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999.

Following extensive public consultation and stakeholder engagement Council has arrived at a vision for the City: Adelaide is a welcoming and dynamic city full of rich and diverse experiences. The City of Adelaide 2016-2020 Strategic Plan tells Adelaide’s growth story and articulates an agenda for strong growth over the next four years.

The Strategic Plan consists of four key themes Smart, Green, Liveable and Creative, underpinned by objectives and 110 actions to demonstrate Council’s commitment to tangible results.

This Action Plan builds on the information in the 2009 Climate Change Adaptation Report (the 2009 Adaptation Report hereafter) to establish an adaptation response to the impacts of climate change in the City of Adelaide.

It defines strategies and actions for high and extreme risks, allocates responsibility within Council for the actions, and establishes processes for building implementation into Council’s Risk Management Framework and Business Plan and Budget process.

To establish a framework of internal controls, that support implementation of the Site Contamination Policy (the Policy) and mitigate risks to the natural environment, human health and the corporation.

Contaminated Land Policy (PDF 233 KB) 08/01/2014

The Policy provides guiding principles and procedures to assist Council in minimising its risk and developing a culture of best practice in the field of preventing, managing and monitoring site contamination. 

This policy and procedure covers all complaints received by the Corporation whatever the source or nature of the complaint.

Corporation Plan 2012-2016 (PDF 11 MB) 15/04/2015

The Corporation Plan outlines our key strategies over the next four years to support Council in delivering its strategic plan. It also describes how we will work with Council and the community. 

This is one of several documents that describe why we exist, what our roles are and how we will create a city of many great places 

Council Policy Framework (PDF 63 KB) 08/01/2014

Policy to establish a “Council Policy Framework” providing a structure for future review and development of policy documents.

Culture Strategy (PDF 2 MB) 11/08/2017

The City of Adelaide Cultural Strategy 2017-2023 celebrates the strengths, dynamism and optimism of Adelaide’s creative cultural landscape. It recognises City of Adelaide as one of many players in a unique, respected and vibrant creative cultural environment and articulates how Council will engage in the cultural life of the City in a way that is collaborative and value adding. This Cultural Strategy has been developed in consultation with the cultural sector and wider community and with reference to the City of Adelaide 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.

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A Nuclear Free Zone is a place which has been declared “off limits” to the nuclear arms race and all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle.

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Review required

This policy objective is to minimise the number of dilapidated buildings and vacant allotments to maintain a high quality of visual amenity and optimise development and occupancy of land in the City.

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For Federal, State and Local Government Elections, Referenda and Polls.

Encroachments Operating Guidelines (PDF 322 KB) 08/01/2014

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Encroachments comprise any structure erected or installed in, on, across, under or over Council land. These Operating Guidelines provide criteria for managing different types of encroachments to ensure that they contribute positively but do not impinge on public safety or amenity.

Encroachments Policy (PDF 467 KB) 08/01/2014

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Encroachments comprise any structure erected or installed in, on, across, under or over Council land.

This policy and the accompanying Operating Guidelines provide criteria for managing different types of encroachments to ensure that they contribute positively but do not impinge on public safety or amenity.

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Fees and Charges (PDF 1 MB) 01/07/2015

In conjunction with the development of the Annual Business Plan and Budget, Council's fees and charges are reviewed annually.

Section 188 of the Local Government Act 1999 requires Council to keep its schedule of fees and charges on public display and provide updates where fees and charges are varied during the year.

Flags & Banners Policy (PDF 166 KB) 08/01/2014

This policy provides the basis for flying flags and banners in several designated locations.

Footpath Paving Policy (PDF 38 KB) 08/01/2014

The Footpath Paving Policy is now categorised under Street Permit Operating Policy and Guidelines.

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Heritage - Built Heritage Management (PDF 232 KB) 08/01/2014

This policy covers the conservation and promotion of the built heritage and historic streetscape character of Adelaide through the following:

  • Heritage Incentive Scheme
  • Heritage Advisory Service
  • Promotions
  • Public Realm Charters

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Please refer to 'A' - Asset Management Plans - updated 2016

Adelaide offers extensive investment potential and is consistently recognised as one of the most affordable capital cities to live and do business in Australia. The retail, tourism, education, health, professional services, entrepreneurial, commercial and residential property development sectors are driving Adelaide forward as an internationally competitive urban hub.

For more information, download a brochure or go to Invest Adelaide.

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Lighting Policy (PDF 31 KB) 08/01/2014

This policy establishes a cohesive framework within which the installation of new lighting, and the upgrade or replacement of existing elements of the City’s lighting infrastructure, will most effectively enhance the City’s quality, consistency and efficiency of night lighting in public places as well as visual appeal, safety and utility.

Liquor Licensing Policy (PDF 599 KB) 08/01/2014

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This policy provides a clear picture of Council's expectations for licensed premises in the City and is an important policy tool to assist managing the mix of different land uses

Litter Management Policy (PDF 129 KB) 08/01/2014

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To provide a welcoming city that encourages desirable events and activities by ensuring there is adequate provision of facilities for the collection of litter and encouragement for people to discard litter in a controlled manner.

Live Music Action Plan (PDF 649 KB) 05/10/2017

Adelaide: City of Music celebrates our identity as a global music city and is intended to cement Adelaide’s place as a world leading music city as recognised by its designation as a City of Music by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. This three year Action Plan for Live Music gives life to achieving the ten actions in the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and the five shared aspirations central to the City of Adelaide Cultural Strategy 2017-2023. This is the City of Adelaide’s second Live Music Action Plan, and it sets out new, more open and dynamic ways to embrace and support music in our City.

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Mixed Use Management Policy (PDF 249 KB) 08/01/2014

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This policy supports Council's aim to actively pursue a multiple approach of creating successful mixed use communities.

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Noise Management Incentive Scheme (PDF 144 KB) 08/01/2014

The Noise Management Incentive Scheme, together with other related Council initiatives, assists property owners/occupiers to undertake noise attenuation works in the City of Adelaide, through the provision of expert advice and financial support.

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These Operating Guidelines accompany the North Adelaide Public Realm policy.

North Adelaide Public Realm Policy (PDF 192 KB) 08/01/2014

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This policy will ensure that any Council works in the public realm that would impact on heritage values are the subject of heritage assessment and determination by Council.

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This policy provide criteria for the commercial use of public footpaths to ensure that such use does not impinge on public safety or amenity. The implementation date for these documents is 1 January 2005. No Permit or Application Fees have been set by Council for the first twelve months of operation of the policy.

On Street Parking (PDF 647 KB) 08/01/2014

Review required

To optimise the use of on-street space available for parking in a manner that best meets local needs and complements the role of available off-street parking.

Order Making Policy (PDF 532 KB) 08/01/2014

One of the functions of the Council is a responsibility to take measures to protect its area from hazards and to improve the amenity of the City. The Council is committed to using the order making powers available to it under the Local Government Act 1999 in such a way as to facilitate a safe and healthy environment and to maintain and improve amenities within the City.

Our Market District (PDF 6 MB) 11/09/2015

Our Market District seeks to foster growth and innovation in the Market District, with the iconic Adelaide Central Market at its heart, Our Market District – the right ingredients for the future, sets out a vision for the future while maintaining the core strengths and reputation of the District and encouraging growth.  The product of more than twelve months discussions between traders, the community and the Council, Our Market District draws together the key feedback and ideas around how the district could look in 10 years’ time. 

Our Market District was adopted by Council on 11 August 2015. On 12 December 2016, Council resolved to update Our Market District to incorporate the Vision, Objectives and Guiding Principles of the Central Market Arcade Feasibility Study. Our Market District 2017 includes this information. As the District received the Great Place Award at the Planning Institute of Australia SA Awards in 2016 and the Adelaide Central Market’s accessible toilet was opened in 2017, these are also referenced.
 

Outdoor Dining Guidelines (PDF 3 MB) 08/01/2014

Outdoor dining encourages an increased social and cultural life within the City, providing a heightened sense of identity, animation, security and relaxation. To facilitate outdoor dining, Council has a process of issuing permits to cafes, restaurants and delicatessens for the use of part of the footpath space in front of their premises. However, Council must also consider other competing uses of City footpaths and is keen to establish a practical balance among the various user groups.

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The Adelaide Park Lands Landscape Master Plan provides landscape direction for management of the Park Lands.  It was endorsed in April 2011, as a result of a recommendation from the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy which recognised the need for landscape management for the entire system of Park Lands. 

The Master Plan has determined a set of Guiding Principles for the landscape of the Park Lands, and divides the Park Lands into four zones as shown below, providing a vision and planting directions for each zone, while recognising the importance of the unity of the Park Lands.

Park Lands Olive Management Plan (PDF 542 KB) 08/01/2014

This management plan seeks to address the means by which Park Lands Olive trees can be efficiently and effectively managed to improve their health and fruit set without comprising our commitments to the Park Lands Management Strategy and the Environmental Management Plan.

This Operating Guideline has been replaced by the Mainstreets Development Program Operating Guidelines.

Privacy Policy (PDF 156 KB) 08/01/2014

This Policy forms the basis for the practices and procedures of the Council in relation to the collection, use, storage and disclosure of personal information by all Council employees and the Lord Mayor and Councillors.

Procurement Policy ( ) 21/12/2016

This document sets out the Council’s principles in relation to all activities associated with the purchasing and payment for goods and services.

Public Art Plan 2014 - 2019 (PDF 3 MB) 08/12/2014

The City of Adelaide’s Public Art Program and Public Art Action Plan 2014-2019 fosters opportunities for established and emerging visual artists, cultural and community groups and organisations to create new and innovative arts and cultural works and experiences throughout the City.

Public Convenience (PDF 263 KB) 08/01/2014

Public Health Plan 2013-18 (PDF 5 MB) 23/07/2014

City of Adelaide plays a leading role in delivering public health actions which promote wellbeing and good health. Council works alongside the broader community and partners to preserve, protect and promote public health.

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The Recreation and Sport Grants Program will provide funding to eligible clubs, groups and organisations that demonstrate consistency with the Active City Strategy 2013-2023 outcomes and Value Proposition including:

  • Great Spaces to be Physically Active
  • Financially Sustainable Facilities
  • People Choose to be Physically Active in the City
  • Community Led Sports Opportunities

Find out more about eligibility and application.

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Guidelines about the Resident Parking Scheme and the Visitor Parking Scheme which apply to the provision of on-street parking for visitors to residents, the provision of on-street parking for residents and the maintenance of adequate on-street parking for businesses.

Retail Investment (PDF 2 MB) 08/01/2014

Retail Strategy (PDF 2 MB) 26/06/2015

The Adelaide City Retail Strategy 2015-2020 aims to guide the city retail sector into the future by making the retail sector more competitive in the face of suburban competition and online spending growth. It pinpoints the need for retailers and property owners to harness their collective financial muscle through collaboration and development of new partnerships.

Road Naming (PDF 52 KB) 08/01/2014

The purpose of this Policy is to provide a framework for selecting and adopting new and replacement names for roads.

The intent of these Operating Guidelines is to protect Council’s discretion over the public realm. They will provide Council with an annual program of approved content and a responsive and manageable decision making process for external requests to mount Rundle Lantern content displays.

The Council has resolved to amend the Charter for the Rundle Mall Management Authority subsidiary, established pursuant to Section 42 of the Local Government Act 1999. Published in State Government Gazette 11 April 2017.

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Safer City Policy (PDF 314 KB) 08/01/2014

Safer City Strategy 2013-2017 (PDF 293 KB) 08/01/2014

City of Adelaide’s Safer City Strategy is a crime prevention and community safety program for the City of Adelaide. It builds on the work of the previous Adelaide Local Crime Prevention Committee Program and encompasses the ideals of a Safe Community under the World Health Organisation – a place that is free of risk or injury and promotes safety.

The objectives of this policy are to ensure City of Adelaide’s processes for calling of tenders for the sale and disposal of land and other assets are fair and transparent and define those circumstances with reasons for sale and disposal methods other than by tender.

Separate Rate Operating Guidelines (PDF 223 KB) 08/01/2014

This guideline describes the steps to be followed in developing and considering a separate rate proposal (including the roles and responsibilities of Council and the Proponent at each step) and in declaring and managing separate rates.

Separate Rate Policy (PDF 243 KB) 08/01/2014

The Separate Rate Policy states Council's position on the formulation of separate rate proposals and provides a transparent, consistent and equitable approach to considering proposals for separate rates.

Shopfront Improvement Grants (PDF 4 MB) 22/05/2015

Refresh your shopfront with up to $6,000 in matched grant funding.

City of Adelaide has initiated a pilot Shopfront Improvement Grant Program to encourage city businesses to get creative and enhance their street appeal.

The Smart Move Interim Action Plan provides a bridge between Smart Move 2012 and the City of Adelaide’s commitment to deliver an Adelaide 2040 Plan, which will ultimately direct the development of a new Transport and Movement Strategy. The Interim Action Plan 2016-2018 contains latest information and revised policy directions, and fine-tunes the city’s response to movement and access over the short term.

Smart Move Strategy (PDF 18 MB) 08/01/2014

The Smart Move Strategy addresses the transport and movement issues of today. It looks at our potential future needs to make our streets safer and more connected, thus making our City easier for people to access and use. The Strategy has been developed to support the City of Adelaide’s vision: One City, Many Places, by creating an accessible city. It is a 10 year plan that aims to create great streets and places that people want to stay and enjoy.

Standing Orders (PDF 2 MB) 20/04/2015

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These guidelines provide direction for the way city streets and footpaths are occupied in relation to requests for Marches, Parades and Rallies. To allow Marches, Parades and Rallies to be carried out in the city in a safe and controlled manner.

The objective of these Guidelines is to provide a clear set of conditions for street activity, including in squares and Park Lands, in line with the Street Permit Policy.

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Treasury & Cash Investment Policy (DOC 121 KB) 06/03/2015

This policy:

  • Establishes the principles upon which Council manages financial risk;
  • Underpins Council’s funding and investment decision making;
  • Applies to Council, Management and Staff; and
  • Outlines the management tools to be utilised to monitor Council’s ongoing financial sustainability.

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This policy establishes a cohesive framework for the undergrounding of overhead electricity and telecommunication cables including supporting infrastructure within the whole of the City of Adelaide over time.

This procedure covers Council’s approach to defining and managing unreasonable complaints and unreasonable complainants. 

These guidelines provide an overview of the three stage process, application form, terms and conditions and submission for unsolicited proposals with an estimated value of over $100,000.

Where Council receives a proposal under these guidelines that is better suited for assessment under an existing program or scheme, then the proponent will be referred to the relevant program. 

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The new Policy updates Council’s waste management service to support development of an environmentally sustainable and vibrant city and provides for optional ‘enhanced’ services. 

The Policy offers waste management services to:

  • Residential premises;
  • Micro and small businesses; and
  • Mixed use developments (comprising both residential and serviced apartments). 

Council is committed to the protection of public health and minimising waste disposal to landfill by encouraging waste avoidance and maximising resource recovery for recycling.

Waste Management Action Plan (PDF 516 KB) 08/01/2014

This Waste Management Action Plan has the objective to position the City and the City of Adelaide to use resources efficiently and increase recycling.

Water Security Action Plan (PDF 380 KB) 08/01/2014

Pressure on global water supplies has intensified with population growth and the associated growth in demand for food, water and other resources. The pressures on water supplies are being further exacerbated by the impacts of climate change.

Whistle Blowers Policy (PDF 48 KB) 08/01/2014

This Policy establishes a system for reporting disclosures of maladministration, corrupt or illegal conduct by the City of Adelaide or its people under the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 ("the Act").

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