Legislative Framework

Councils have certain functions and duties which they must perform, and certain powers which they may exercise, pursuant to the Local Government Act 1999 as well as a range of other Acts. In most cases the relevant Acts grant these obligations and powers directly to the Council. As it is not practical nor efficient for the Council as a body of Elected Members to perform the many operational activities that are required in the day-to-day administration of the Council's roles and functions, Section 44 of the Local Government Act 1999 allows a Council to formally delegate many of its powers and functions (within certain stated conditions and exemptions) to the Chief Executive Officer, who may then sub-delegate these powers and functions to other responsible staff.  Council may also delegate their powers and functions to a Committee of Council. 

All delegations made by the Council can be revoked at any time and do not, except in limited circumstances, prevent Council from acting in a matter itself.  In addition, an officer to whom a delegation has been made may choose not to exercise that delegation and bring a matter direct to Council for direction.

Delegations Register

The Northern Areas Council Delegations Register has been established to meet Council’s operational requirements and is a record of the powers and functions that have been delegated from Council to the Chief Executive Officer (or a person acting in that capacity).  Listed below are the documents that together comprise Council’s Delegations Register.

pdf Burial and Cremation Act 2013 and Regulations 2014(171 kb)

pdf Community Titles Act 1996(169 kb)

pdf Development Act 1993(573 kb)

pdf Dog and Cat Management Act 1995(148 kb)

pdf Electronic Conveyancing National Law (SA) Act 2013(98 kb)

pdf Environment Protection Act 1993(125 kb)

pdf Expiation of Offences Act 1996(116 kb)

pdf Fences Act 1975(101 kb)

pdf Fines Enforcement and Debt Recovery Act 2017(99 kb)

pdf Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 - Delegation to Fire Prevention Officer(101 kb)

pdf Food Act 2001(124 kb)

pdf Freedom of Information Act 1991 and Regulations 2003(193 kb)

pdf Gas Act 1997(97 kb)

pdf Heavy Vehicle National Law (South Australia) Act 2013(130 kb)

pdf Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994(97 kb)

pdf Liquor Licensing Act 1997(106 kb)

pdf Local Government Act 1999(612 kb)

pdf Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 and Regulations 2017(207 kb)

pdf Natural Resources Management Act 2004(155 kb)

pdf Planning Development and Infrastructure Act 2016(147 kb)

pdf Procurement Threshold and Delegations(99 kb)

pdf Real Property Act 1886(220 kb)

pdf Road Traffic Act 1961 - Road Traffic (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2014(139 kb)

pdf Road Traffic Act 1961 Approved by the CEO(126 kb)

pdf Roads (Opening and Closing) Act 1991(146 kb)

pdf Safe Drinking Water Act 2011(118 kb)

pdf South Australian Public Health Act 2011 and Regulations 2013(222 kb)

pdf Strata Titles Act 1988(135 kb)

pdf Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992 and Regulations 2009(147 kb)

pdf Unclaimed Goods Act 1987(113 kb)

pdf Water Industry Act 2012 and Regulations 2012(251 kb)

pdf Work Health and Safety Act 2012(132 kb)

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