The City is represented by 15 elected members being the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and 13 Councillors. Each elected member represents one of the City’s six wards and governs for the entire City. The elected members work together to provide good governance. They do this by making decisions on all aspects of community, social, environmental and economic wellbeing through effective strategic planning and by balancing competing interests openly and fairly.

The Local Government Act 1995 states: “The general function of a local government is to provide for the good government of persons in its district.” This statement provides local governments with a power of general competence. The City decides which services it provides, and does what it thinks is necessary to provide good government to it's communities. The City takes into account local community aspirations and values when determining which functions it undertakes and to what extent it will undertake them.

Along with the Local Government Act 1995, there are many other pieces of legislation which are relevant to local government and to which the City complies. Although too many to list, the most significant include:

  • Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2012
  • Local Government Grants Act 1978
  • Main Roads Act 1930
  • Health Act 1911
  • Planning and Development Act 2005
  • Bush Fires Act 1954
  • Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia Act 1998
  • Environmental Protection Act 1986
  • Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007
  • Dog Act 1976
  • Control of Vehicles (Off-road Areas) Act 1978
  • Local Government Grants Act 1978
  • Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Act 1995
  • State Records Act 2000
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and associated Regulations
  • Cat Act 2011
  • Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981

The City of Swan is known as a proactive, focused, capable and sustainable Council. This is achieved through accountable, transparent and fiscally responsible management of competing community demands. We provide high quality assets and excellent customer services. The City has developed a strategic and integrated approach to the planning and delivery of services to ensure that we remain adaptive, responsive and viable.

Our Strategic Community Plan (SCP) is a legislative requirement to ensure that we appropriately plan for the future of the Swan district. It was developed in consultation with the community and sets our vision, aspirations and objectives for the next 10 years. The SCP is our principal strategy and planning document, governing and guiding all of our work, either through direct service delivery, partnership arrangements or advocacy. Our integrated planning model ensures that our strategic direction is translated into services that are delivered to the community through our Corporate Business Plan (CBP) and reported back to the community every year through the City of Swan Annual Report.