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Advisory Committees and Community Reference Groups

Advisory committees

Advisory Committees provide advice to Council concerning strategic or policy issues, enhance communication between Council and the community and complement other elements of community engagement.

Council can use advisory committees to seek expert advice to inform decision making. They can also be an effective way to involve stakeholders in Council’s planning and policy functions. There is potential to test engagement techniques to improve community engagement outcomes for an issue.

Advisory committees provide an opportunity to maximise the skills and expertise that exist in the community to complement the role of Council in planning and policy-making.

Please note that residents do not form part of an advisory committee, however have opportunities to be involved in working through an issue in many other ways.

Download Advisory Committee guidelines (PDF - 124KB)


Current advisory committees


Community reference groups

Community Reference Groups provide advice to Council concerning specific issues or topics, enhance communication between Council and the community and complement other elements of community engagement.

Community reference groups can be an effective way to involve stakeholders in specific projects or activities. They are an opportunity to maximise the skills and expertise that exist in the community to complement the role of Council in service delivery.

Advisory committees provide an opportunity to test community engagement techniques to improve consultation outcomes for an issue.

Reference Group membership occurs through a public notice calling for expressions of interest. 

Download Community Reference Groups guidelines (PDF - 119KB)


Current community reference groups

The City of Greater Dandenong currently has no active community reference groups