Policies & Delegations


The Council has adopted a Policy Manual which provides the staff with guidance over a range of issues. Policies are not binding but provide a basis for in determining individual applications or requests. Policies also enable the community to be aware of the reasoning behind decisions.

Shire of Dowerin Policy Manual

Shire of Dowerin Bush Fire Brigade Policy Manual

Delegations Register

What is a delegation?

Councils have certain duties which they must perform, and certain powers which they may exercise, pursuant to the Local Government Act 1995, as well as a range of other Acts. In most cases the relevant Acts grant those obligations and powers directly on the Council as a body.

What are the benefits of delegations?

Delegations are the way in which Council enables other people/bodies (usually Council officers) to make decisions and carry out duties on its behalf. Delegations enhance decision-making processes and allow nominated routine matters to be resolved efficiently and effectively without the need for submission to Council.

Delegations provide streamlined decision-making processes for faster determination of issues.

How does Council delegate?

Council must take formal steps to delegate to such people or bodies, the authority to make decisions, or undertake activities on its behalf. It is usual for Council to make delegations to the Chief Executive Officer, who will then make sub-delegations to the appropriate Council officers.

Delegations Register

The Shire of Dowerin Delegations are contained in the Delegations Register which can be found by clicking on the link below:

Delegations Register

Further information on Legislative Delegations is available by contacting the Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 9631 1202.