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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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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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Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

25 Mar 2022

LG Alert

Wednesday 30 March 2022

Holding meetings electronically

16 Feb 2022

LG Alert

Several local governments have contacted the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries about the requirement to hold Electors’ general meetings and Special electors’ meetings (Electors' meetings) and if they can be held electronically.
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Flying of flags: Anniversary of the Apology to Members of the Stolen Generations

9 Feb 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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Flying of flags for Australia Day

24 Jan 2022

LG Alert

Wednesday 26 January 2022
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Industrial relations reform for local governments

13 Jan 2022

LG Alert

The Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 was passed by the WA Parliament on 16 December 2021.
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The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2021 has passed through Parliament

18 Nov 2021

LG Alert

This means changes to the Dog Act 1976 to better regulate the breeding of dogs in Western Australia.
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Council Member Essentials Training

16 Nov 2021

LG Alert

Following the 2021 Ordinary Elections, local governments are reminded that under the Local Government Act 1995, council members must complete the Council Member Essentials (CME) training course.
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Remembrance Day

9 Nov 2021

LG Alert

Flags at half mast and observance of 1 minute of silence on Thursday 11 November 2021.
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Queen's Birthday Public Holiday 2022

22 Oct 2021

LG Alert

Alternative dates
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United Nations Day

19 Oct 2021

LG Alert

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Flying of flags for Australian Citizenship Day

16 Sep 2021

LG Alert

Day of National Celebration, Friday 17 September 2021

Financial Statements and Asset Revaluations for 2020-21

25 Aug 2021

LG Alert

The transitional period for the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) to take over local government financial statement audits has finished, and all future audits will be undertaken by OAG.
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Grants programs promoting the arts in regional WA

17 Aug 2021

LG Alert

Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning program closing soon.
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Local government annual returns

11 Aug 2021

LG Alert

Local Government Operational Guidelines
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Local government elections coming up

3 Aug 2021

LG Alert

There is just a month to go until nominations for this year’s local government elections open.
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Local Government (Elections) Amendment Regulations 2021

3 Aug 2021

LG Alert

The Local Government (Elections) Amendment Regulations 2021, come into effect on 2 August 2021.
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Local Government COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sessions

8 Jul 2021

LG Alert

DLGSC, with the Department of Health, is holding two exclusive information sessions for local government staff and elected members in Western Australia.
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Flying of flags for NAIDOC Week 4 to 11 July 2021

2 Jul 2021

LG Alert

Flying the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags throughout NAIDOC Week is a sign of national respect for Indigenous Australians.
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Roll up for WA posters

9 Jun 2021

LG Alert

Anyone over the age of 30, and all Aboriginal people over the age of 16, in Western Australia are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Accounting for Cash in Lieu of Open Space

3 Jun 2021

LG Alert

Amendments to section 154 of the Planning and Development Act 2005 (PDA) changed the accounting treatment for cash in lieu of open space contributions received on or after 12 September 2020.
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Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2021

1 Jun 2021

LG Alert

The Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2021 (the Order), comes into effect on 2 June 2021, providing ongoing assistance to WA ratepayers hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2021-22 financial year.

Comment sought on planning reforms

28 May 2021

LG Alert

Local governments are being invited to comment on the next phase of reforms to streamline the planning system and reduce red tape.
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Flying of flags: National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

20 May 2021

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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Preparing your 2021-22 budget

5 May 2021

LG Alert

Differential rating and minimum payments — return to normal practise.
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COVID-19 update: post-lockdown transition

27 Apr 2021

LG Alert

Following an announcement by the State Government, post-lockdown measures will come into effect from 12:01am Tuesday 27 April until 12.01am, Saturday morning 1 May.
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Identification of potential areas for off-road vehicles

19 Mar 2021

LG Alert

The Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee is asking local governments to identify areas that could be considered for formal gazetting for off-road vehicle (ORV) use.
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