Continued changes to council processes due to COVID-19

Council meetings are set to resume in February but many will continue online to comply with COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings.

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The COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020 was extended in October 2020 to ensure virtual council meeting provisions remain in place until 26 April 2021.

Local Government Victoria (LGV) has published a Ministerial Good Practice Guideline to help councils use these mechanisms. The roadmaps for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, as well as industry restrictions by region, are available on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap for reopening website.

LGV has informed councils - based on interpretations of the Act - on aspects such as public attendance at meetings, options for online rather than in-person meetings and delegation of authority.

More details from LGV bulletins are available on the LGV website.