Customer Experience Charter

Council is committed to delivering programs and services with a strong focus on exceptional customer service. Our staff are committed to being open, honest, fair and accountable in all our dealings with Customers and strive to provide timely, efficient and consistent services.

The Customer Experience Charter outlines standards we will use to deliver professional, reliable and consistent customer service that meets your expectations. Customer service is everyone’s responsibility and we will hold each other accountable in our service commitment.

Our commitment to you

We will:

  • Be professional, respectful and courteous
  • Be patient and helpful
  • Communicate clearly and in plain language
  • Be open and transparent about our processes
  • Attempt to resolve your enquiry at the first point of contact
  • Be supported by systems and processes to best help you
  • Keep you informed of the progress of your request as required

Customer Service Standards

When you contact us by phone, we will:

  • Aim to answer your enquiry in the first instance
  • If we are unable to resolve your enquiry in the first instance, we will obtain your information and assign to the appropriate area
  • We will provide a 24 hour phone service for urgent, after-hours calls.

If you call in to see us, we will:

  • Greet you with respect and courtesy
  • Identify ourselves so that you know who you are talking to
  • Where possible, put you in direct contact with the appropriate area best able to respond to your enquiry
  • Aim to answer your enquiry at first point of contact If we are unable to resolve your issue at the first point of contact, we will:
  • Attempt to put you in contact with the appropriate staff member
  • Obtain your information and assign to the appropriate area to speak with you

If you write to us, we will:

  • Respond in language that is clear, concise and easily understood
  • Respond to correspondence using appropriate means and ensure that accurate records are maintained

If you see us in the field such as parks, beaches and sportsgrounds, we will:

  • Put your safety and that of our staff at the forefront of our interactions
  • Endeavor to assist you with your enquiry
  • Resolve your enquiry or provide details of an alternative contact person

Social media allows us to share accurate and timely information directly with our community. Council cannot guarantee a response to all posts made on its social media sites and therefore will post responses when considered necessary or appropriate. More information is available in Council’s Social Media Policy.

Council maintains a Customer Request Management (CRM) System that records, monitors and reports on requests we receive. This service enables Customers to notify us of an issue, request an action, report faults, defects or hazards in Council infrastructure. You can lodge a customer service request over the phone, in writing or on Council’s website.

Help us to deliver better service

To assist us in delivering quality Customer service we ask you to:

  • Provide us with information that is timely, accurate and complete
  • Treat us with mutual respect
  • Work with us to solve problems and reach resolutions
  • Provide us with honest, constructive feedback on our service
  • Contact us if you believe we have made an error or acted inappropriately

How will we evaluate our performance?

We will benchmark ourselves against the following standards:

  • Answer 80% of calls within 60 seconds at our Customer Service Centre;
  • Endeavor to complete your business during your first point of contact with us
  • If you request a call back, return messages by close of business the following working day;
  • Acknowledge your correspondence within 5 working days
  • Respond to your enquiry within 20 business days, keeping you informed along the way

We're constantly looking for ways to enhance the services and programs we provide to you.


If you have been satisfied with our service, please let us know, as it gives us the opportunity to recognise our staff. If you can suggest how we can do things better, please tell us. We welcome your feedback to improve our service.

Please email any feedback to or by visiting our customer service centre.

How to contact us?

Contact Us online

Phone: (02) 4988 0255
Postal address: PO Box 42, Raymond Terrace, NSW, 2324

Our customer service centre is located at 12 Adelaide Street Raymond Terrace and is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.

Helpful Documents

Customer Experience Charter (PDF 1.2 MB)

Complaint Handling Policy (PDF 670.3 kB)