Operations and budget
Council operates on a committee system. Each committee has an adopted Terms of Reference and is a standing committee with delegated authority to resolve matters tabled at its meetings.
Operating with a budget of more than $298 million (2012/13), Cairns Regional Council is a significant local economic driver. It is also one of the region's largest employers with a full-time equivalent workforce of more than 1440 people.
Cairns Regional Council has adopted a high level organisational management structure that consists of seven departments headed by General Managers and all reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer.