Role in government
In the Australian federal system there are three levels of government: Federal, State, and Local.
Each level of government is centred on a body (a parliament or a council) democratically elected by the people as their representatives.
Each level of government has its own responsibilities, although many responsibilities are shared in various ways.
Law making and enforcement by City of Gold Coast
City of Gold Coast is empowered under the Local Government Act 2009 to adopt a range of local laws, regulations and policies.
The City is also responsible for ensuring state and local government laws and regulations are observed. This includes a range of permits and licences. Most issues are clearly recognised as being governed by either a local, state or federal law.
However the interaction of local, state and federal laws can be complex, and you may find enquiries to your local Councillor are referred to another area of government which has the jurisdiction to advise on something outside the City's control.
If you are unsure, your Divisional Councillor is there to assist and direct your concerns regarding government issues, and is always a good place to start.
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