YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL

INSTRUMENT OF APPOINTMENT & DELEGATION

1.0       INTRODUCTION

The Council of the Town of Bassendean establishes the Bassendean Youth Advisory Council (BYAC).  Council believes that young people and the community will benefit from the establishment of a Bassendean Youth Advisory Council by:

  • Involvement of young people from the Town of Bassendean area in providing direct input to Council and the State Government;
  • Encouraging interaction and understanding between young people and the wider community; and
  • Raising the profile of young people in the community.

The Council appoints to the BYAC eligible young people as detailed in Section 4.0 below.

The Committee shall act for and on behalf of Council in accordance with provisions of the Local Government Act of 1995, Council’s local laws and policies and this Instrument.

2.0       OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the BYAC are to:

  1. Provide direct advice to Council, and to the Government through the Minister for Youth;
  1. Act as a reference group for Council, the State and Federal Governments, Peak Bodies and other youth and community representative bodies.
  1. Respond to requests for information on local and regional youth issues;
  1. Support the Youth Initiatives Grants Program and other grant programs targeting youth, by identifying local priorities for youth and recommending and supporting local initiatives;
  1. Liaise with other youth agencies/organisations in the community as required;
  1. Act as a focal point for local youth issues; and
  1. Plan and coordinate youth events and activities with the approval of Council.

3.0       MEMBERSHIP

Membership will consist of 6 interested young people who live, work, recreate or study in the Town of Bassendean

Members will include representation from the wider youth population inclusive of high school, TAFE and tertiary students, youth from community and service clubs and those employed or unemployed young people.

Where possible, members should be elected by submitting an application to the CEO upon Youth Advisory Council Co-ordinator’s recommendation.

Members of Council Committees are to refrain from speaking publicly on behalf of the Committee or Council, or to issue any form of written material purporting to speak on behalf of the committee or Council without the prior approval of the Mayor.

4.0       YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL CO-ORDINATOR

The Youth Advisory Council Co-ordinator shall ensure that minutes of the proceedings are kept and that business is conducted in accordance with accepted meeting procedures.  (Town of Bassendean Standing Orders Local Law No 1).

The Local Government Act 1995 places responsibility for speaking on behalf of Council with the Mayor, or the CEO if the Mayor agrees.

5.0       MEETINGS

The Committee meetings shall be held monthly (except for January, October and December), and where deemed necessary by the Youth Advisory Council or YAC Co-ordinator.

5.1    Notice of Committee meetings shall be given to members at least 3 days prior to each meeting.

5.2    If any member is absent from 3 consecutive meetings without leave of the Committee, they shall forfeit their position.  The Council shall be informed and if deemed necessary, will appoint a replacement for the balance of the Committee's term of appointment.

5.3    The Presiding Member shall ensure that detailed minutes of all meetings are kept and shall, not later than 5 days after each meeting, provide Council with a copy of such minutes.

5.4    All members of the Committee shall have one vote.  If the votes of the members present are equally divided, the person presiding can cast a second vote.

6.0       QUORUM

A quorum for a meeting shall be over 50% of its current members.  A decision of the Committee does not have effect unless it has been made by a simple majority.

7.0       DELEGATED POWERS

The Committee has no delegated powers under the Local Government Act and is to advise and make recommendations to Council only.

8.0       TERMINATION OF COMMITTEE

Termination of the Committee shall be:

  1. a) At the discretion of Council, or
  1. b) Coinciding with the ordinary Local Government Elections.

 

9.0    AMENDMENT TO THE INSTRUMENT OF APPOINTMENT & DELEGATION

This document may be altered at any time by the Council on the recommendation of the Committee, or after giving 14 days notice to the Committee.

 

10.0    COMMITTEE DECISIONS

Committee decisions shall not be binding on Council.

 

COUNCIL RESOLUTION: OCM 28/11/17 DATED: 28 NOVEMBER 2017.