A council can arrange to have some of its functions, exercised by a committee.

There are two types of committee:

  • A standing committee is a committee with on-going responsibilities to perform the statutory functions and powers and other legal responsibilities of a council on the council’s behalf, however legal responsibility for matters that are delegated to a committee of the council remain with the council itself.
  • An advisory committee may be appointed to simply advise the Council on matters relating to performance of its statutory functions, powers and related responsibilities. An advisory committee does not make decisions about the performance of the statutory functions and powers of the Council. Its role is to research or investigate, consider and report to the full Council on matters. The job of an advisory committee is to make recommendations to its appointing body.

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