1. Conferences, seminars, training and development
Councillors are encouraged to attend conferences and seminars in order to enhance their personal skills and knowledge to better perform their role. This category covers registration fees associated with attendance by Councillors at local conferences, functions, seminars and one-off or short-term training courses. These are normally held by Local Government related organisations and other professional bodies and institutions, on areas and events which impact on the role of Councillors and the City of Glen Eira in general. Any conference, seminar, function or training event where the cost is likely to exceed $750 requires approval by Council resolution.
2. Transport costs
This category covers costs associated with assisting Councillors in meeting the transport costs incurred in attending meetings, functions and other commitments within and outside the municipality. This comprises use of taxi services, reimbursement for use of a private vehicle while conducting Council business, car parking fees, and the provision of car parking permits, as described in the Councillor Civic Support and Expense Policy.
This category covers communication costs associated with ensuring that Councillors are accessible and are able to communicate with constituents, stakeholders, other Councillors and Council officers while conducting Council business. This category comprises costs associated with use of mobile phones, home phones, desktop computers, tablets or iPads.
4. Functions external to Town Hall
In some cases, Councillors may attend community functions/events external to Town Hall. In doing so, Councillors may seek reimbursement for expenses incurred. These expenses comprise costs associated with the provision of meals and refreshments reasonable to the nature of Council business being conducted.
5. Carer expenses
The Council will reimburse reasonable expenses for child care and carers necessary for Councillors to carry out their duties, including attendance at Council meetings, briefing sessions, meetings with community groups, organisations and inspection of properties necessary in performing the duties of a Councillor.