Please note a protocol governs the livestreaming and recording of Council meetings.
This Live Streaming and Publishing Recordings of Meetings Policy addresses privacy, defamation, copyright and other legal considerations associated with public recordings of this nature.
All public Council meetings are streamed live, recorded and made available to the public after the meeting. These recordings are undertaken in accordance with our policy.
Live streaming allows you to watch and listen to the meeting in real time, giving greater access to Council's decision making and debate, and encouraging openness and transparency. Every care is taken to maintain privacy, and attendees are advised they may be recorded. There may be situations where, due to technical difficulties a live stream may not be available. While every effort will be made to ensure the live streaming and website are ‘up and running smoothly’, Council takes no responsibility for, and cannot be held liable for the live streaming if the website is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond its control. Technical issues may include, but are not limited to the availability of the internet connection, device failure or malfunction, unavailability of social media platforms or power outages.
Local government decision making, unlike state and federal government, does not afford Councillors the benefit of parliamentary privilege and hence, all associated laws apply. Therefore, it should be noted that no protection is afforded to Councillors or Council employees for comments made during meetings which are subsequently challenged in a court of law and determined to be deliberately slanderous, or for any comments made by members of the public.
Live streams and recordings of Council meetings, and any other public forums and meetings authorised by the Chief Executive Officer, remain the property of Council and are protected by copyright.
Access to live streams and recordings of meetings is provided for personal and non-commercial use. Video, images and audio must not be altered, reproduced or republished without the permission of the Chief Executive Officer.
For any commercial or media enquiries, contact our Communications unit on (03) 5422 0333.