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Council of the City of Gold Coast

We provide a vast range of services, activities and facilities to make the Gold Coast the best place to live and visit.

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About us

The Gold Coast


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On the east coast of Australia, approximately 80 kilometres south of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, best known for its surf, sand, sunshine and lush hinterland, is also home to more than 538,000 people.

It is the host city for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018), has steady population growth, a diverse local economy and a commitment to strategic infrastructure investment. The Gold Coast’s tourist attractions, subtropical climate, beautiful beaches, rainforests, parks and waterways provide an enviable lifestyle. The Gold Coast lifestyle is complemented by the City’s quality sport facilities and services.

As the Gold Coast has developed and grown, so too has our recognition of the important contribution arts and culture provide to our city’s liveability, reputation and economy. The heritage of the Gold Coast is shaped by indigenous culture, a legacy of nineteenth century settlement, followed by a more recent population of new arrivals from all parts of the world who call the Gold Coast home. Visitors and visionaries, holiday and home makers, entertainers and entrepreneurs - they all play a part in the story of the Gold Coast.

Our City Council

Based on the Gold Coast's estimated resident population, the Council of the City of Gold Coast is Australia’s second largest local council authority. 

Our Council comprises the Mayor and 14 elected Councillors representing the 14 divisions (areas).

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At local government elections every four years, voters elect a Councillor to represent their division and a Mayor of the City. In Council meetings, councillors represent and participate in discussion, debate and decision-making on a wide variety of opportunities and concerns for the City and our residents.

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Standing, Advisory and Special Committees meet regularly to consider community and organisational issues and to provide recommendations for the meetings of full Council. Before each meeting, City staff prepare meeting agendas as well as the supporting reports and recommendations which Council considers at the meeting.

Minutes of meetings are available on our website and you can access live and archived webcasts of Council meetings.

Our governing legislation

Local Government is recognised in the Constitution of Queensland 2001 which states "there must be a system of local government in Queensland". It is the level of government closest to the people and gives people a say in matters affecting their local area.

The Queensland Government provides authority to Council through the Local Government Act 2009 and the supporting Local Government Regulation 2012. These are the principal legislation governing the establishment and operation of local governments in Queensland. The responsibilities and functions of councils are also bound by a number of state and federal laws and regulations.

Our organisation

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Our corporate structure supports the City to make responsible, accountable decisions, supported by expert advice and overseen by both internal and external audit processes.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for managing the City’s administration, City employees, public resources and service delivery. The CEO provides Councillors with advice to assist them in carrying out their duties and implementing Council decisions and priorities.

City employees and contractors provide service delivery to the community and provide value for money to ratepayers. Our organisation delivers diverse services which range from the City's public health and safety services, library services, parks and sports facilities, City events, construction and maintenance of municipal roads, bridges and community facilities, land use planning, development assessment, nature conservation, and water and sewerage service delivery.

Our staff includes engineers, town planners, graphic designers, tradespeople, environmental scientists, social planners, as well as specialists in disciplines such as information technology, accounting, corporate planning, public administration, human resource management and asset management.

Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) provides leadership and decision-making for the delivery of the best possible and most appropriate, products and services for the Gold Coast community  now and in the future. The ELT advises Council about plans, strategies and initiatives which support the Gold Coast 2020 Plan. The ELT is led by the Chief Executive Officer and includes the Chief Operating Officer and six directors. Details on each director and key areas of responsibility for each directorate are available on page 87 of the Annual Report.

Beneficial enterprises

Our beneficial enterprises are enterprises that the local government considers directed to benefiting and can reasonably be expected to benefit the whole or part of its local government area. We provide substantial annual funding to these entities which were established to manage specific functions within the City. Refer to page 60 of the Annual Report which provides detailed information.

Gold Coast City Council Insurance Company Limited

The Gold Coast City Council Insurance Company Limited is Council's captive insurance company. A captive insurance company is a wholly owned insurance subsidiary of an organisation whose principal business is not insurance.

Audit and assurance

The Internal Audit Unit within the City’s Corporate Assurance Branch conducts appraisals and provides advice to the Chief Executive Officer, the ELT and City managers on how effectively the organisation is discharging its responsibilities.

The City’s Audit Committee operates in accordance with the Local Government Act 2009, the Local Government Regulation 2012 and the City’s Audit Committee Policy and Charter. The Audit Committee oversees the activities of internal audit and provides an independent, external review of our governance and internal control frameworks. The appointment of external, independent members of this Committee is based on a publicly advertised, merit-based selection process which aims to ensure the Committee has an appropriate mix of financial management, governance, risk management and local government skills and experience.  

Each year the Queensland Audit Office (QAO) audits and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of the financial management and administration of Queensland public sector organisations, including councils. Details of the City's audit processes are available on page 103 of the Annual Report.

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