Find out about the Shire’s five advisory committees, including their roles, objectives, instrument of appointment and delegation, meeting dates, agendas and minutes.

Audit and Risk Management Committee

The role of the Audit and Risk Management Committee is to monitor the Shire’s risk management framework, compliance processes, audit performance, and audit program.

Committee objectives

The objectives of the Committee are to:

  • Assist the CEO in carrying out the review under Regulation 17 of the Audit Regulations of systems and procedures concerning risk management, internal control and legislative compliance
  • Monitor and advise the CEO in reviews of certain systems prescribed by the audit and financial management regulations
  • Support the auditor as required and have functions to oversee:
    • The implementation of audit recommendations made by the auditor, which have been accepted by the Council; and
    • Accepted recommendations arising from reviews of local government systems and procedures
  • Receive and verify the annual Local Government Statutory Compliance Return
  • Advise Council on significant high-level strategic risk management issues related to the Shire of Augusta Margaret River
  • Discharge the functions outlined in Regulation 16 of the Local Government (Audit) Regulations 1996.

Instrument of appointment and delegation

Find out about the Committee, including membership, meeting conduct, and delegating and reporting powers, in the document below.

Meeting dates, agendas and minutes

The Audit and Risk Management Committee meets on the last Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at the Margaret River Council Chambers.

2022 meeting dates:

  • 23 November 2022 at 4.30pm


2023 meeting dates:

  • 22 February 2023 at 4.30pm
  • 26 May 2023 at 4.30pm
  • 23 August 2023 at 4.30pm
  • 22 November 2023 at 4.30pm

View Audit and Risk Management Committee agendas and minutes.

Local Emergency Management Committee

The role of the Local Emergency Management Committee is to ensure effective local emergency management arrangements are prepared and maintained for the Shire and perform any other emergency requirements as specified under the Emergency Management Act 2005.

Committee objectives

The objectives of the Committee are to: 

  • Advise and assist the Shire of Augusta Margaret River in ensuring the Local Emergency Management Arrangements are established and maintained for its district
  • Liaise with public authorities and other persons in the development, review and testing of the Local Emergency Management Arrangements
  • Revise, at least annually, the Local Emergency Management Arrangements, with a complete review every five years
  • Assist in the preparation of emergency management operating procedures for application in the Shire
  • Ensure appropriate testing and exercising of the Local Emergency Management Arrangements
  • Prepare an annual report of the activities of the Committee for submission to the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC)
  • Assist in the preparation and review of the Augusta Margaret River Local Emergency Risk Register and provide guidance in the treatment strategies to reduce the risk to the community
  • Carry out such other emergency management functions as directed by the SEMC, or as prescribed by the Emergency Management Regulations 2006

Instrument of appointment and delegation

Find out about the Committee, including membership, meeting conduct, and delegating and reporting powers, in the document below.

Meeting dates, agendas and minutes

The Local Emergency Management Committee meets on the second Tuesday of every quarter. Meetings are held in Council Chambers, 41 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River, unless stated otherwise.


2022 meeting dates:

  • 9 August 2022 at 4.30pm
  • 8 November 2022 at 4.30pm


2023 meeting dates:

  • 14 February 2023 - 4.30pm (Augusta Council Chambers - 66 Allnutt Terrace, Augusta)
  • 9 May 2023 - 4.30pm
  • 8 August 2023 - 4.30pm
  • 14 November 2023 - 4.30pm

View Local Emergency Management Committee agendas and minutes.

Bush Fire Advisory Committee

The role of the Bush Fire Advisory Committee is to formulate for Council’s consideration, recommendations and policy on matters relating to bush fire preparedness, prevention, response and recovery.

Committee objectives

The objectives of the Committee are to: 

  • To advise Council on all matters relating to the operations of the Bush Fires Act 1954
  • To advise Council on the best and most efficient means of maximising fire control resources in the district.

Instrument of appointment and delegation

Find out about the Committee, including membership, meeting conduct, and delegating and reporting powers, in the document below.

Meeting dates, agendas and minutes

The Bush Fire Advisory Committee meets on the second Tuesday of every quarter. Meetings are held  in Council Chambers, 41 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River, unless stated otherwise. 

2022 meeting dates:

  • 17 August 2022 at 6.00pm
  • 16 November 2022 at 6.00pm


2023 meeting dates:

  • 15 February 2023 - 6.00pm (Augusta Council Chambers - 66 Allnutt Terrace, Augusta)
  • 17 May 2023 - 6.00pm
  • 16 August 2023 - 6.00pm
  • 15 November 2023 - 6.00pm

View Bush Fire Advisory Management Committee agendas and minutes.

Behaviour Complaints Committee

The role of the Behaviour Complaints Committee is to deal with behaviour complaints made under Division 3 of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River Code of Conduct for Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates (Code of Conduct).

Committee objectives

The objectives of the Committee and extent of authority provided to the Committee are specified in the relevant Delegated Authority, and include:

  • Dismissing a behaviour complaint in accordance with clause 13 of the Code of Conduct and providing reasons for any such dismissal
  • Making a Finding as to whether an alleged complaint has or has not occurred, based upon evidence from which it may be concluded that it is more likely that the breach occurred than it did not occur [clause 12(3) of the Code of Conduct]
  • Determining reasons for such a Finding 
  • Where a Finding is made that a breach has occurred, determining:
    • To take no further action; or 
    • Prepare and implement a plan to address the behaviour of the person to whom the complaint relates.
  • The extent of the authority of the Behaviour Complaints Committee is limited by Condition of the Delegated Authority.

Instrument of appointment and delegation

Find out about the Committee, including membership, meeting conduct, and delegating and reporting powers, in the document below.

Sustainability Advisory Committee

The role of the Sustainability Advisory Committee is to provide strategic advice to Council regarding matters relating to sustainability to support Council when making strategic decisions for the Shire.

Committee objectives

The objectives of the Committee are to:

  • Provide advice to Council regarding strategic policy direction with the aim of promoting sustainability outcomes that are environmentally responsible, socially and culturally sound and economically viable. This advice may relate to sustainable environmental issues, including: 
    • Climate change
    • Transport and air quality
    • Biodiversity
    • The built environment 
    • Community information and engagement to increase sustainable practice
    • Land and waterway degradation 
    • Water quality and conservation 
    • Economic transition 
    • Waste management.
  • Assess and review strategic policies, plans and projects that Guide Council decision making to ensure they encourage an increase in sustainable behaviour change within the Shire, in residents, businesses and other members of the community (including visitors) to improve sustainability outcomes.

Instrument of appointment and delegation

Find out about the Committee, including membership, meeting conduct, and delegating and reporting powers, in the document below.

Meeting dates, agendas and minutes

Meetings are held  in Council Chambers, 41 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River, unless stated otherwise.  

2022 meeting dates:

  • 6 December 2022


2023 meeting dates:

  • 14 March 2023 - 4.00pm (Augusta Council Chambers - 66 Allnutt Terrace, Augusta)
  • 13 June 2023 - 4.00pm
  • 12 September 2023 - 4.00pm
  • 5 December 2023 - 4.00pm

View Sustainability Advisory Committee agendas and minutes.


Further information on the Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) can be found here: https://www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/environment-and-sustainability/sustainability/sustainability-advisory-committee

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