Douglas Shire Council policies help translate the intentions of Council into action. Council is required to develop policies for a range of reasons including compliance with legislation in response to Council’s operational objectives or stakeholder concerns; to alter behaviour and provide direction or influence organisational culture.
Douglas Shire Council has three types of policies:
- Statutory Policies are required by legislation as part of Council’s business operations. These policies may also articulate the principles which provide instruction across key strategic areas. Statutory Policies are approved and adopted by Council.
- Council (Strategic) Policies have a direct impact on the community. Council (Strategic) Policies are approved and adopted by Council.
- Administrative Policies provide direction for operational and internal management of the day to day operations of Council. These policies do not have a direct impact on the community. Administrative Policies are approved by the Chief Executive Officer.
Provides guidelines outlining the control on expenditure on advertisements placed by Council in various media to ensure that this advertising is in the public interest.
Advertising Spending General Policy (198.4 KiB)
Supports Council’s continuing commitment to inclusive and ethical governance for the Douglas communities by appropriately addressing complaints from external sources.
To establish a framework for the consistent and transparent administration of Community Grants, Fee Reduction, In-kind Assistance, Donations and Sponsorship, to support initiatives which address community, economic, social and environmental outcomes for the Douglas Shire.
Community Grants And Support Policy (1) (284.7 KiB)
As required under S48 of the Crime and Corruption Act 2002, this policy sets out the framework for dealing with complaints against the CEO as a public official.
This policy outlines Council’s assessment and interpretation of reasonable expenses which are suitable to be reimbursed to Councillors, on the basis that the expenses were incurred as a direct result of performing the duties of a Councillor and provides a framework for the reimbursement of reasonable expenses as defined in the Local Government Act 2009 (LGA).
Expenses Reimbursement - Councillors Policy (219.7 KiB)
The local government must adopt an investigation policy about how it deals with the suspected inappropriate conduct of councillors referred, by the Independent Assessor, to the local government to deal with.
Investigation Policy (230.8 KiB)
To provide a framework for the governance of recordkeeping within Council ensuring it is managed in accordance with relevant legislation, policies, standards and guidelines. This relates in particular to the Public Records Act 2022, the Local Government Act 2009 and the Local Government Regulation 2012.
Records Management Policy
Set out the principles used by Council in 2018/19 for the levying of rates and charges, granting concessions for rates and charges, recovering overdue rates and charges and the establishment of cost-recovery methods (fees).
Revenue General Policy
Specifies the type and quantity of adornments and tributes that can be placed by the public on graves, mausoleums and facilities for the receiving of ashes in Council-operated cemeteries.
Adornment of Graves General Policy (149.2 KiB)
Ensures Council meets a required level of service that is financially sustainable through the creation, acquisition, operation and maintenance, renewal and disposal of assets to provide for present and future customers and communities.
Asset And Service Management General Policy (141.4 KiB)
To ensure that Council conducts its business throughout the Caretaker Period in a responsible, transparent and legally compliant manner. Certain restrictions shall apply to Council, Councillors and Council employees in the period leading up to an election.
Caretaker Period Policy (238.9 KiB)
To provide the strategic framework for Council to manage its climate change responsibilities by using a combination of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.
Allows with Council consent, commercial filming and photography to be carried out on any roads, land, parks or reserves under the control of Council.
Commercial Filming Photography General Policy (155.6 KiB)
To ensure conflicts of interests are identified, reported and managed in a way that allows Council to conduct its business with integrity, honesty and fairness. This policy promotes transparency in Council business and ensures employees operate in a way that aligns with the fundamental principles detailed in the Douglas Shire Council Code of Conduct.
Conflicts Of Interest For Employees Policy (281.0 KiB)
The Corporate Credit Card Policy provides for the purchasing and paying for items of Council expenditure in accordance with Council’s Procurement Policy via Corporate Credit Card.
This policy will ensure accountability in respect to the assistance provided to Councillors in carrying out their responsibilities as elected representatives in an open and transparent manner.
Councillor Administrative Support Policy (232.1 KiB)
Defines the parameters surrounding the application of Councillor meeting attendance fees as determined by the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal.
Councillor Remuneration General Policy (129.4 KiB)
Promotes design features within new developments and the redevelopment of existing areas, which will enhance the safety from crime for the community, including visitors to the region.
Douglas Shire Council will provide concessional travel upon the Daintree River Ferry to all persons who fulfil the eligibility criteria detailed in this document subject to the terms and conditions for such concessional travel being abided.
Establishes a policy for the implementation and maintenance of a Drinking Water Quality Management System that is consistent with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.
Drinking Water Quality General Policy (91.7 KiB)
Acknowledges Council’s obligations and establishes Council’s commitment to the promotion and proper management of the fraud and corruption management framework.
Fraud And Corruption General Policy (397.9 KiB)
To recognise Council’s commitment to achieve a network of diverse, accessible, high quality parks, reserves and recreation facilities that are sustainable, contribute to the attractiveness and vitality of communities, and enhance people’s health and wellbeing by meeting their needs for outdoor recreation in urban settings now and into the future.
Open Spaces General Policy (130.4 KiB)
This policy is to ensure that Council is consistent and fair in determining the status of ‘Principal Place of Residence’ and the method of allocation of a property to the appropriate Differential Rating Category.
This policy outlines the public liability insurance requirements for Council facilities hire and prescribed activity approval holders during the hire period or the period of currency of any approval.
Public Liability Insurance for Facilities Hire and Prescribed Activity Approvals Policy
The purpose of this policy is to establish the process for affording rates incentives to landholders that enter into a Conservation Agreement for a Nature Refuge under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 or a Voluntary Declaration (Vdec) under the Vegetation Management Act 1999.
Rates Incentive For Conservation Policy (199.2 KiB)
To establish a policy for the provision of rates remission to pensioners who reside in the Douglas Shire, are eligible for the State Government pension remission and who apply for the Council Pensioner Rate remission in accordance with the Local Government Regulation 2012.
The purpose of this policy is to establish the process for the provision of a rates rebate on rateable land on the banks of the South Arm and the Heads of the Daintree River that are occupied by holders of Permits to Occupy (fishing huts) which have been issued by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy under the Land Act 1994.
Establishes a system for identifying and recording related parties and related party relationships and identifying ordinary citizen transactions that will not be disclosed by Council.
Related Party General Policy (228.5 KiB)
This policy recognises Council’s commitment to reduce waste and protect the health of the environment. The intent of this policy is to reduce waste and pollutants generated at the source by avoiding the use of single-use plastic products.
Single-Use Plastic Free Policy (244.3 KiB)
Establishes uniform approach in dealing with claims for compensation for the loss of trees and other flora resulting from construction of sewers.
Establishes general principles for the strategic acquisition of land and also the disposal of Council freehold land that is surplus to Council’s requirements.
Strategic Freehold Land General Policy (140.1 KiB)
To establish a policy which ensures consistency, transparency and equity allocating and managing tenure arrangements for Not-for-profit community groups and commercial organisations over Council owned and controlled land.
Tenure Policy (245.9 KiB)
Provide for treatment of biodegradable waste into the sewerage systems such that discharges to receiving waters maintain or enhance receiving water quality.
To provide a framework for the responsible management of unreasonable complainant conduct in alignment with the Council’s Unreasonable Complainant Conduct Procedure and current best practices to ensure a fair and consistent approach is applied to interactions with complainants whose conduct is identified as unreasonable as defined.
Unreasonable Complainant Conduct Policy (219.9 KiB)
To establish a policy for the adoption of water conservation principles and actions for Douglas Shire Council operational activities, properties and public facilities.
Water Conservation General Policy (107.1 KiB)
At Douglas Shire Council we value the role print, broadcast and digital media play in sharing news of events, activities and milestones. This policy confirms our ongoing commitment to provide timely, accurate, relevant and consistent information to the community through positive working relationships with media organisations and via Council’s media channels.
Media Relations Policy (294.5 KiB)