Council strives for best practice governance
11 October 2021
Kingston Council has put together a plan to work towards best practice governance across the organisation following an independent review.
In July 2020, Council engaged an independent firm to conduct a review of Kingston’s governance policies, procedures, systems, guidelines and frameworks, against best practice for local government.
The review found a foundation of good governance exists at the City of Kingston and also recommended opportunities for further improvement.
Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said overall the findings of the Independent Governance Review were positive but acknowledged there was room for improvement.
“The review presented a number of opportunities to strengthen the level of governance ‘maturity’ in the organisation,” Cr Staikos said. “We want to strive for best practice governance at Kingston and are committed to taking all steps needed to achieve this.”
The Independent Governance Review identified Council’s current level of governance maturity in relation to the following 5 key areas: Outcomes, Culture, Sustainability, Risk and Engagement.
The report identified some key recommendations for Council to improve governance, including:
- Provide clarity of the governance accountabilities across the organisation
- Increase transparency in welcoming and responding to all stakeholder feedback
- Improve the policy framework to deliver best practice project and guidance
- Conduct a post COVID review to identify learning and opportunities
- Benchmark safety, risk, compliance and integrity frameworks
- Develop an engagement framework with Councillors including code of conduct, principles of engagement and working protocols.
“We have drafted a plan to address the recommendations of the review and are confident that through Council’s Good Governance Framework we can build a strong culture to achieve best practice governance across the organisation,” Cr Staikos said.
The draft implementation plan was presented to the Audit Committee for review in September.