Public Exhibition - Draft Councillor Social Media Policy

Summary

In drawing upon industry best practice across state and federal governments, the private sector, and key elements from the Office of Local Government Draft Model Social Media Policy (2021), a draft Councillor Social Media Policy for Dubbo Regional Council has been developed for Council’s endorsement.

The draft Councillor Social Media Policy will be on public exhibition for a period of no less than 28 days, beginning Monday 12 July, 2021. Following Public Exhibition, should the policy be adopted by Council, it is recommended that such Policy be subject to biennial review. This draft Policy for Councillors is standalone, however, it forms part of the wider suite of social media policies being developed for Councillors and staff of Dubbo Regional Council.

Background

Dubbo Regional Council’s current Social Media Policy has been in place since being adopted in December 2016. Similarly, Council’s Media Protocols Policy, adopted in July 2017, also covers Councillors and Council staff in regard to social media use and compliance. Complementing these policies, face to face social media training was provided to Councillors in February 2020 and was designed to assist, with understanding, the use of social media, the behaviours, and obligations expected of Councillors.

The draft Dubbo Regional Council ‘Councillor Social Media Policy’ draws upon industry best practice across State and Federal Governments, the private sector, and core key elements from the Office of Local Government Draft Model Social Media Policy (2021). The draft Policy aims to provide Councillors with a clear direction on best practice use and self- management guidelines for their use of social media.

DOCUMENTS FOR CONSIDERATION

The below documents are available for viewing either online or at the Civic Administration Buildings in Dubbo and Wellington:

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions can be made in writing to:

Chief Executive Officer
Dubbo Regional Council
PO Box 81
Dubbo NSW 2830

Submissions can also be made via the online form below, or by emailing council@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

Submission - Draft Councillor Social Media Policy

Last Edited: 12 Jul 2021

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