The procedures followed at Council and Committee meetings are set down in the Local Government Act 1999 in Chapter 6, the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2000 and in policies set by the City of Mitcham such as the Code of Practice - Meeting Procedures.
Council meetings must be conducted in an orderly manner. All points of view are to be expressed in fair and open discussion with all Council Members having the same opportunity to participate in the debate.
Decisions at Council meetings are decided by a majority of the votes of the Council Members present at the meeting and entitled to vote (unless a more specific voting requirement is legislated). Voting is generally by a show of hands. Each Council Member present at the meeting must vote on any matter for decision, except for the Mayor or in cases where a Council Member is precluded from doing so by the Local Government Act 1999.
The Mayor will only vote if the numbers voting for and against are even.