Functions of council

The Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) sets out the general functions of local government to:

  • provide for good government
  • provide services and facilities to meet the community needs
  • deliver services effectively and efficiently
  • be accountable to the community.

The Act makes provision for the role of the following positions:

Mayor

  • presides at meetings in accordance with the Act
  • participates in council decision making processes at council and committee meetings
  • provides leadership and guidance to the community
  • carries out civic and ceremonial duties on behalf of the local government
  • advocates for the City at state and federal level
  • speaks on behalf of the local government
  • performs such other functions as are given to the mayor by the Act or any other written law and
  • liaises with the chief executive officer (CEO) on the local government's affairs and the performance of its functions.

Councillors

  • represents the interests of electors, ratepayers and residents
  • provides leadership and guidance to the community
  • facilitates communication between the community and the council
  • participates in the local government's decision-making processes at council and committee meetings and
  • performs such other functions as are given to a councillor by the Act or any other written law.

Council

  • directs and controls the local government's affairs
  • responsible for local government functions
  • oversees the allocation of finances and resources
  • responsible for the performance of the local government's functions
  • determines the local government's policies and
  • mayor liaises with the CEO and presides over council meetings.

CEO

  • advises council about the Act and other laws
  • provides advice so that informed decisions can be made
  • implements council decisions
  • manages the day-to-day operations
  • liaises with the mayor and
  • responsible for employment, management, supervision, and direction of staff.

Contact us

City of Fremantle
Town Hall Centre
8 William Street
Fremantle
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9430 4634
TTY 08 9432 9777
info@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Useful documents

Fremantle ward map