Customer service charter

Bega Valley Shire Council is committed to providing our customers with quality, responsive and friendly service, in person, on the phone, online and in the community.

Customer services.Bega Valley Shire Council is committed to providing our customers with quality, responsive and friendly service, in person, on the phone, online and in the community.

We are committed to and believe that:

  • People matter — we care for our people and each other
  • Learning is important — we learn and innovate
  • and
  • We “Can Do” — we have a can do approach and focus on solutions and outcomes
  • Engaging on all levels is key — we engage and communicate, clearly and consistently

To meet our commitment we focus on the needs of our customers through service standards.

Service Standards You Can Expect

You can expect us to::

  • At all times, listen to your needs providing you with a prompt, courteous and professional service that is consistent and fair
  • Treat you with honesty, respect and understanding
  • Communicate clearly and in plain language
  • Respect and protect your personal information
  • Do what we say we will do and keep you informed if our ability to meet our commitment changes
  • Monitor our performance to improve our service

To assist us to help you, we ask you to:

  • Provide us with information that is timely, accurate and complete
  • Treat us with respect
  • Work with us to find solutions
  • Provide us with constructive feedback on our service
  • Let us know if you think we have made an error or acted inappropriately

You can expect our responsiveness to be:

  • Answering your calls to our Customer Service Centre within 5 rings
  • Resolving 80% of calls to our Customer Service Centre at first contact
  • Transferring your call to our Customer Service Centre not more than once
  • Greeting you at our Customer Service Centre counter within 5 minutes
  • Acknowledging your email to or within 1 business day
  • Acknowledging your enquiry via Snap Send Solve or our Suggestion Box within 1 business day
  • Acknowledging your call, email or letter to another Council contact within 5 working days
  • Responding to your enquiry within 15 working days
  • Meeting the service standards described below

Our digital services:

  • We will help you to contact us when it suits you
  • Our website will be up to date and easy to navigate
  • We will increase our capacity for you to do business with us on line

Your Feedback

We value your feedback about Council’s operations and services.  Your feedback provides us with valuable information to allow for continued customer service improvement.

How To Let Council Know:

  • Notification – Advising Council of any work or maintenance which needs to be undertaken
  • Complaint – Unsatisfied in any way with any Council works undertaken or response or action of Council
  • Compliment – Praise for a job well done or the efforts and efficiency of a Council employee

Customer Service Requests

Requests for some specific services for things such as potholes, tree damage or illegal dumping will be recorded in our Customer Request Management System (CRM) to ensure the correct staff or department receive the request “first time” and we will take action within our established standard timeframes.

Contacting Council

  • By Mail: You can write to us at:
    Bega Valley Shire Council
    PO BOX 492
    BEGA  NSW  2550
  • In person: At our front counter in Zingel Place, Bega, 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
  • By Email: for general enquiries or for development matters.
  • By Phone: Customer Service Centre (02) 6499 2222, 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (emergency support is available on this number 24/7).
  • On Line: Use the Suggestion Box  or use Snap Send Solve

Paying Your Accounts

Council has several methods available to make payment of your accounts.  If you have difficulty in paying, please contact Council on (02) 6499 2222 before the due date to discuss payment options.

Service Standards Policy

Scope: This policy prescribes the processes implemented to provide effective, efficient and professional standards of service and information sharing with the public across all functions of Council.

Purpose: To meet the needs of ratepayers, residents and clients in a professional and ethical manner with courteous and efficient service. To improve customer satisfaction through provision of relevant information used to generate discussion, feedback and engagement, and to listen to feedback and input.

For a full list of our service standards read our  Organisational Service Standards Policy 6.13. To view the policy visit our Public Policies page and search for service standards or 6.13


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