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Lodgement of draft financial statements with your auditor by 30 September 2020

Sep 18, 2020
Local governments may be aware that the department is currently consulting with the sector on proposed amendments to the Financial Management Regulations that could affect 2019-20 financial statements.

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Requesting an alternative date for the King’s Birthday public holiday in 2023

30 Nov 2022

LG Alert

Local governments interested in having an alternative date declared for the King’s Birthday public holiday in their district can make a request to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

Ombudsman Webinar: Reportable Conduct Scheme

18 Nov 2022

LG Alert

The Ombudsman WA is overseeing implementation of the Reportable Conduct Scheme (the Scheme) as recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
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Australian National Flag at half-mast and observance of 1 minute of silence

9 Nov 2022

LG Alert

Remembrance Day, Friday 11 November 2022
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Local Government (Administration) Amendment Regulations 2022

9 Nov 2022

LG Alert

The State Government has introduced new provisions to enable Western Australian local governments to continue to conduct council meetings electronically.
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Provisions for electronic meetings in local governments

4 Nov 2022

LG Alert

On health advice, Western Australia’s State of Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic is set to end on 12.01am, the morning of Friday 4 November. WA’s strong health outcomes mean we are exceptionally well placed to move into the next stage of the pandemic.
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MyCouncil website

2 Nov 2022

LG Alert

The MyCouncil website is a place for residents, ratepayers and the local government sector to view and compare information on how local governments are raising, spending and managing funds.

National Children’s Week and the DLGSC Child Safeguarding Unit

26 Oct 2022

LG Alert

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) recognised the important role that local governments play in developing community awareness about child safety.

Publishing council and committee meeting minutes

12 Oct 2022

LG Alert

Local governments that fail to publish minutes of council meetings and meetings of committees with delegated authority are in breach of the Local Government Act 1995.
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Australian National Flag at half-mast

11 Oct 2022

LG Alert

Wednesday 12 October 2022, 20th anniversary of the Bali bombings.
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Centralised Registration System for Cats and Dogs: RFI issued

26 Sep 2022

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has issued a Request for Information for the procurement of a centralised registration system for cats and dogs.
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CEO Standards for Recruitment, Performance Review and Termination

26 Sep 2022

LG Alert

CEO Standards for Recruitment, Performance Review and Termination (CEO Standards) were introduced in Western Australia in February 2021.
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Local government — election transitions

20 Sep 2022

LG Alert

Minister for Local Government Hon. John Carey will be advising all Western Australian local governments of pathways to the election reforms, which were announced as a wider package of local government reforms on 3 July 2022.
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Audit results report identifies financial audit issues

20 Sep 2022

LG Alert

The Auditor General has tabled in Parliament the Financial Audit Results — Local Government 2020-21. At the time of tabling 16 audits remained outstanding.
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Australian National Flag at half-mast

16 Sep 2022

LG Alert

State Funeral Service, United Kingdom, Her Majesty the Queen.
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Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

9 Sep 2022

LG Alert

Her Majesty the Queen
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Flying of Flags: Australian National Flag Day

30 Aug 2022

LG Alert

Australian National Flag Day, celebrated on 3 September 2022, marks 121 years since the Australian National Flag was first officially flown in 1901 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, the site of Australia’s first Parliament.
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Guidance on managing customer complaints

26 Aug 2022

LG Alert

Effective complaint handling is fundamental to the provision of a quality service but responding to complainants can be complex, challenging, and does not always suit a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
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Local Government Financial Better Practice Review Program

25 Aug 2022

LG Alert

The Financial Better Practice Review Program is a new DLGSC initiative to strengthen the local government sector.
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Be prepared for absent votes

22 Aug 2022

LG Alert

There are a high number of Extraordinary Elections scheduled for various local council vacancies in the coming months and all local governments need to be prepared to issue absent votes.
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Guide to managing fraud and corruption risks

10 Aug 2022

LG Alert

All organisations, public and private, face the risk of fraud. Local governments can benefit from a better understanding of their specific fraud risks and taking a coordinated approach to managing them.
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Audit report identifies cyber security issues

29 Jul 2022

LG Alert

An Office of the Auditor General report into IT systems has highlighted the need for all local governments to continuously review and improve their practices to protect against cyber threats.
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Key milestone in industrial relations reform for local governments

7 Jul 2022

LG Alert

Local governments are advised that important changes under the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (IRLA Act) commenced on 20 June 2022.
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Package of local government reforms finalised

6 Jul 2022

LG Alert

The State Government has announced the final package of reforms to the Local Government Act 1995, following a review of public submissions.
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Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2022

30 Jun 2022

LG Alert

The Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 enables the Minister for Local Government to make an order that modifies or suspends provisions of the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) and Regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Flying of flags: NAIDOC Week 2022

29 Jun 2022

LG Alert

3 to 10 July 2022
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Local Government Asset Revaluations

27 Jun 2022

LG Alert

With 30 June fast approaching, some local governments need to make sure they have their asset revaluations ready for audit.
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Financial Health Indicator

23 Jun 2022

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is reviewing the Financial Health Indicator, which is available on the MyCouncil website.
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Local Government Regulations Amendment (Financial Management and Audit) Regulations 2022

17 Jun 2022

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (the department) is working with local government stakeholders towards the introduction of Model Financial Statements for the 2022-23 financial year.
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Local Governments Financial Audit Preparedness 2021-22

15 Jun 2022

LG Alert

With the start of the new financial year, WA local governments should ensure that they are in a position to allow the preparation of their financial statements and financial audits run as smoothly as possible.
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2022-23 Budget and proposed regulatory changes

13 Jun 2022

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is working with local government stakeholders towards the introduction of Model Financial Statements for 2022-23 financial year.
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Flying of flags: National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

24 May 2022

LG Alert

Flying the Indigenous Flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week recognises the significance of these events for all Australians and is a sign of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.
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Differential general rates and minimum payments

20 May 2022

LG Alert

Western Australia’s local governments are required to advertise their rates from 1 May.
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Open by Design principles free webinar

18 May 2022

LG Alert

The Office of the Information Commissioner is launching a series of new publications about Open by Design principles.
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Flying of flags: ANZAC Day

20 Apr 2022

LG Alert

Anzac Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, particularly for our serving military personnel and returned veterans.
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Activating Alfresco webinar

30 Mar 2022

LG Alert

This webinar is suitable for local government CEOs, and staff involved in economic development, small business support and place activation roles.
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