Bathurst Regional Council has purchased nine licences for TASKey Team software, with a view to purchasing 60 more by the end of the year.
The council will use the software, which is designed to manage team-based project workflow through a Web browser, to develop policies and procedures around financial governance and existing legislation.
Brian Dwyer, corporate governance manager at Bathurst Regional Council, said the software was chosen to deal with the compliance process.
"Even if minor changes are made to the wording of a particular piece of legislation, we are not only required to ensure the change is incorporated into council policy but to also provide an audit trail demonstrating what actions have been taken to incorporate the change and why," Dwyer said. It was selected from a number of options because it was less expensive and easier to use.
"We chose the software to automate the entire compliance process, from establishing a timetable for input to providing a first view of a particular report or policy document. Without automation, this process would take us up to three times longer than previously used methods."
Bathurst Regional Council is an amalgamation of Bathurst City Council and Evans Shire Council which merged at the end of May 2004.