Governance structure

The governance structure of Councils provides a framework which supports open, transparent and informed decision making.

While legislation determines some key elements, there is no “one-size fits all” best practice structure, so each Council has an overall structure that works best for them.

Below is a summary of the current City of Adelaide governance structure.

Council

Council is the primary decision making body for the Corporation of the City of Adelaide.

Council is accountable to the city community for city leadership and strategy development that delivers benefit for all South Australians. Council is also responsible for the delivery of efficient and effective local government services that respond to the community’s needs.

The Committee

The Council has established a core advisory committee to provide a forum to consider and discuss all aspects of Council’s strategic priorities and operational policies.

The primary purpose of The Committee is to make recommendations to Council on the overall priorities, strategies and policies related to achieving Council’s Strategic Plan outcomes.

The Committee is formed under section 41 of the Local Government Act 1999 (SA) and all Council Members are members of The Committee.

Other committees

Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committee

Council established the Strategic Planning and Development Policy (SPDP) Committee as a core advisory committee, pursuant to section 41 of the Local Government Act 1999 (SA) and all Council Members are members.

The purpose of the SPDP is to meet the requirements of Section 101A of the Development Act 1993 (SA).

Reconciliation Committee

This Committee works to advance reconciliation in the city and seek broad Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in Council activities and events.

 Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is a formally appointed committee of Council pursuant to section 41 of the Local Government Act 1999 (SA) (the Act) and performs the functions as stated in section 126 of the Act.

Panel

Council Assessment Panel

The Council Assessment Panel (CAP) is established under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act). The role of CAP is to assist Council with the assessment and determination of development applications against the relevant provisions of Council’s Development Plan.

Council subsidiaries

Adelaide Central Market Authority

Oversees the management of the Adelaide Central Market.

Adelaide Park Lands Authority

Advises Council and the State Government on the Adelaide Park Lands.

Rundle Mall Management Authority

Oversees the management of the Rundle Mall precinct.