Living in Dorset

Dorset Council provides community services based on the principles of quality, equity, value and responsiveness.

Visiting Dorset

Dorset has a unique blend of wilderness, wildlife, stunning scenery, mining heritage, secluded beaches and world class golf courses.

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  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  • After hrs 1300 858 824

Business community in Dorset

Dorset Council is focused on providing support to potential investors to facilitate sustainable developments large and small.

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Council Meetings

Council Meetings are held monthly and commence at 6.00 pm. *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council Meetings will be held at the Council Chambers, 3 Ellenor Street, Scottsdale, with limited attendance by the public.

At the 15 February 2021 Council Meeting, Aunty Patsy Cameron AO presented a Welcome to Country.  To read it in full, please click here

2022 Schedule of Ordinary Council Meetings 

Monday 17 January

Monday 21 February 

Monday 21 March 

Tuesday 26 April*

Monday 16 May

Monday 27 June**

Monday 18 July

Monday 15 August

Monday 19 September

Monday 17 October

Monday 21 November (Bridport)

Monday 19 December

* The April Council Meeting will be held on the last Tuesday due to conflicts with both Easter Monday and ANZAC Day statutory public holidays
** The June Council Meeting will be held on the last Monday due to Budget Estimates preparation 

NOTICE is given that the next Ordinary Meeting of the Dorset Council will be held on Monday, 19 September 2022 at the Council Chambers, 3 Ellenor Street, Scottsdale commencing at 6:00 pm. 

Members of the public are invited to attend in person, however, due to physical distancing, the number of persons able to attend is limited.  Any member of the public who wishes to attend the meeting must register their details with Executive Assistant, Sarah Forsyth by 3:00 pm Monday 19 September 2022 via email or by calling 03 6352 6500. 

A recording of the Council Meeting, except for any part held in Closed Session, will be made available to the public as soon as practicable after the Meeting via Council’s website and social media.

Any member of the public attending the Council Meeting is to ensure that any mobile devices are switched to silent or off during the Meeting.  No unauthorised filming or recording of the Meeting is allowed.  Please also be aware of the meeting procedures and Council guidelines for asking public questions during question time or presenting a deputation.

If any member of the public is feeling unwell, please do not attend.

Agenda and Attachments

The agenda and attachments for Council Meetings are made available to the public on the Thursday prior to the scheduled Meeting.  They can be downloaded below or a hard copy can be collected from Council's friendly Customer Service Team.  To view both current and the last six (6) years agendas and minutes, click on the links below:

Agenda and Attachments

Public Question Time and Deputations

Members of the public can ask questions or make a deputation (statement) at any Council Meeting.  Policy 41 Council Meeting Procedures gives you guidelines and the process on how to make a deputation or to speak during public question time.  You can also submit a question/s on notice to the General Manager 7 days prior to a Council Meeting.  Deputations and Questions can be submitted any of the following ways and must include your name, where you live (i.e. Scottsdale), and an email address and/or contact phone number (your name and where you live will be included in the public agenda):

Emailed to: or

Posted to: PO Box 21, Scottsdale 7260 marked to the attention of the General Manager, or

Dropped into the Council Offices at 3 Ellenor Street, Scottsdale

Council Meeting Audio

The audio recording of the Council Meeting, except for any part held in Closed Session, will be made available to the public as soon as practicable after the meeting via Council’s website and social media.

The audio from the past 12 months Council Meetings can be accessed below.  You can access historical Council Meeting audio via SoundCloud.

2022 Audio Recordings

17 January
21 February
21 March
26 April
16 May
27 June
18 July
15 August


2021 Audio Recordings
20 December
15 November
18 October
20 September

Annual General Meeting

As stated in Section 72B of the Local Government Act 1993, Council is required to hold their Annual General Meeting no later than 15 December each year.  

2020/21 Annual General Meeting

Council held its 2020/21 Annual General Meeting at the Upstairs Training Room, Scottsdale Library, 51 King Street, Scottsdale on Tuesday, 7 December 2021.

The Agenda, unconfirmed minutes and 2020/21 Annual Report can be viewed here.

To listen to the 7 December 2021 Annual General Meeting, click on the audio link below:

7 December 2021 Annual General Meeting