Council Assessment Panels are required to operate under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) from 1 October 2017.
Each panel is also required to have an assessment manager appointed. In the case of a Council Assessment Panel, the assessment manager is to be appointed by the Chief Executive of the Council. In the case of a assessment panel constituted by the Minister (being a regional assessment panel), the Chief Executive of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is the appointee.
In Section 87(d)(ii) of the PDI Act, the power to appoint an assessment manager is conferred directly to the chief executive, an individual, and not to council. Delegation from council to exercise that power is therefore not required. Each council is responsible for the costs and other liabilities associated with the activities of the assessment manager.
Further information and a template for the appointment of the Assessment Manager can be found here