Understanding and Accessing Meetings
City of Adelaide Council and Committee meetings are conducted in accordance with legislative requirements and the mandatory Code of Conduct for Council Members.
The City of Adelaide Standing Orders ensure compliance with the Local Government Act 1999 (SA), the City of Adelaide Act 1998 (SA) and the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013 (SA).
The Guiding Principles which need to be observed in the procedures of a meeting of Council or a Council committee are as follows:
- Procedures should be fair and contribute to open, transparent and informed decision-making
- Procedures should encourage appropriate community participation in the affairs of the council
- Procedures should reflect levels of formality appropriate to the nature and scope of responsibilities exercised at the meeting.
- Procedures should be sufficiently certain to give the community and decision-makers confidence in the deliberations undertaken at the meeting.
View the City of Adelaide Standing Orders.
How can I be involved in a Council meeting?
There are three ways to become involved in a meeting:
1. Attend or watch a meeting
Anyone is welcome to attend and observe proceedings of the Council and Committee meetings or a meeting of the Adelaide Park Lands Authority (APLA). There is seating provided in the public gallery of both the Council Chamber and the Colonel Light Room.
These meetings are conducted in a formal manner ensuring compliance with legislative requirements and in accordance with the City of Adelaide Standing Orders.
Please note: Under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA), the public may be excluded from part of a meeting if it is necessary to receive, discuss or consider a matter in confidence. Confidential items will be identified on the meeting agenda and the meeting must formally resolve to exclude the public from the meeting. The Chair of the meeting will request that members of the public and staff members not directly involved with the matter leave the meeting room.
Access the current meeting schedule.
2. Request to Speak to Council
You can request to speak to Council via a deputation at a scheduled meeting of the Council, the Strategy Planning and Development Policy Committee or Adelaide Park Lands Authority (APLA). It must be on matters that are the subject of deliberation at the meeting, or which the Council, Committee or APLA has a direct interest or responsibility. Where a matter that will be spoken about is not on the agenda for a Council meeting, the Request to Speak is referred to as a Public Forum.
Your Request to Speak must be received by noon on the day prior to the scheduled meeting. You can submit your request by one of the following:
- Online Request to Speak to Council submission
All requests are reviewed by the Presiding Members and you will be notified if the deputation has been accepted or refused.
Deputations/Public Forums are scheduled on the agenda as close as possible to the start of the meeting. A speaker has a maximum of 5 minutes.
The Minutes of the Meeting will identify the individual(s) heard and the subject matter raised.
A petition is defined as a formal written request, typically one signed by many people, appealing to authority in respect of a particular cause.
So it can be presented to Council, the petition must:
- be legibly written or typed or printed
- clearly set out the request or submission of the petitioners
- include the name and address of each person who signed or endorsed the petition
- have the 'prayer' at the top of each page (to evidence that the signatories knew what they were attesting to)
- use temperate language and must not contain content that may objectively be regarded as defamatory
- be addressed to Council and delivered to the principal office of Council.
A petition template has been prepared which you can download and use.
Petitions received and that meet the criteria above will be presented to the next ordinary meeting of Council via a report identifying the number of signatories and petition purpose.
The petition will be distributed to the Council Members separately. Members of the public may seek a copy of the full petition upon written request to the Chief Executive Officer.Back to Top