The membership of an Advisory Committee may consist only of Councillors, or Councillors and appointed members. The committee has the role of making recommendations to Council on specific matters following the consideration of a staff report at a meeting of the Advisory Committee.
The recommendations of the Advisory Committee are made to Council through the Minutes of the Advisory Committee meeting and considered at an Ordinary Meeting. The specific matters and areas of expertise for each Advisory Committee are determined by Council in the establishment of the Advisory Committee and in the adopted Constitution for the Advisory Committee.
An Advisory Committee is established for the term of Council.
A Panel is a group consisting of Councillors and specialist key stakeholders, with a particular interest in, or expertise in, the subject of the panel, which will assist Council in decision making relating to a particular matter. Panels do not have any executive power or authority to implement actions and all recommendations from these panels are reported to Council via a staff report for decision.
Panels are usually appointed for a four-year term in line with Council elections unless otherwise resolved by Council.