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Council meetings

Council generally considers matters which cannot be delegated to the Future Melbourne Committee for decision. The public can attend Council meetings or find out the outcomes of past meetings. 

The front of Melbourne Town Hall, captured from Swanston Street. The Torres Strait Flag and Aboriginal Flag adorn the portico.

These matters include, but are not limited to, decisions about:

  • declaring a rate or charge
  • borrowing money
  • entering into contracts for an amount exceeding an amount previously determined by the Council
  • incurring any expenditure exceeding an amount previously determined by the Council
  • any prescribed power
  • any proposals for which submissions have been received under s223 of the Local Government Act 1989
  • governance matters, Councillor Code of Conduct and Operating Protocols, Councillor Expenses and Resources Guidelines, and electoral matters.


Council generally meets on the last Tuesday of each month (except in January, during which no Council or Future Melbourne Committee meetings are scheduled). Learn more about upcoming council and committee meetings.

In accordance with Part 4 of the City of Melbourne Act 2001, the Lord Mayor must chair all meetings of the Council at which he or she is present. If the Lord Mayor is absent from a meeting of the Council, the Deputy Lord Mayor must chair the meeting if he or she is present. If both the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor are absent from a meeting of the Council, the Councillors who are present at the meeting must appoint one of their number to chair the meeting.

The quorum for the Council is a majority of its members.

Members of the public may make written submissions in relation to items on a Council agenda. However, no provision is made for members of the public to address Council meetings.

You can use the meetings archive to search and access all open agenda papers and documentation for Council meetings.

Governance Rules

In accordance with the Local Government Act 2020, Council is required to have Governance Rules to govern the conduct of Council meetings and meetings of any delegated committee the Council may establish.

Read the Governance Rules

our acknowledgement

  • Torres Strait Islander Flag
  • Aboriginal People Flag

The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 


We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and are committed to walking together to build a better future.