The Local Government Act requires Council to maintain a register that records which councillors vote for and which councillors vote against each planning decision of the Council. Council's register of voting on planning matters commenced on 1 October 2008.
Planning matters are matters that relate to a development application, an environmental planning instrument, a development control plan or a development contribution plan.
A planning decision is a resolution of the Council or a committee of Council that determines a matter, ie approves or refuses a development application or adopts or refuses to adopt a planning instrument or amendment to a planning instrument.
In addition to these decisions, Council has also resolved to include in the Register voting on recommendations from a committee to the Council where the recommendation is to determine a matter, ie recommendations to approve or refuse a development application or adopt or refuse to adopt a planning instrument or amendment to a planning instrument.