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Proposed new laws to Stop Puppy Farming in WA

Feb 19, 2020
The State Government is progressing changes to the law to Stop Puppy Farming in Western Australia.

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Guide to Local Government Auditing Reforms

Jun 28, 2018
Following engagement with the sector, the Department has revised the Guide to Local Government Auditing Reforms which includes a number of amendments that affect local governments.
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19 June 2018 meeting

Jun 19, 2018
State Local Partnership Agreement Communique

Suspension and Dismissal Amendment Bill 2018

Mar 14, 2018
Today I introduced into Parliament the Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Bill 2018.
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Alternative Queen's Birthday Public Holiday dates 2018

Nov 23, 2017
The Governor has declared that the Celebration Day for the Anniversary of the Birthday of the Reigning Sovereign (Queen's Birthday public holiday) will be observed in 2018 on Monday 24 September.
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Local Government Risk Profile

Nov 2, 2017
I am aware of concerns raised within the local government sector about the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' Risk Profile and the way the department has communicated with the sector with regard to the profile.

Proclamation of Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Act 2017

Nov 1, 2017
Local governments are advised that the Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Act 2017 was proclaimed on Friday, 27 October 2017 in the WA Government Gazette No. 207, page 5413.
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Smart Hub now accepting Annual Financial Reports and Grants Commission Returns

Oct 24, 2017
To reduce the reporting burden on local governments, audited Annual Financial Reports and Western Australian Local Government Grants Commission returns can now be submitted via online forms within Smart Hub.
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Amendment to Regional Subsidiaries Regulations

Oct 16, 2017
Following an amendment to the Local Government (Regional Subsidiaries) Regulations 2017, a regional subsidiary is now permitted to conduct land transactions if they are necessary for pursuing a purpose specified in the subsidiary's charter or winding up the subsidiary.

A Guide to Local Government Auditing Reforms

Sep 19, 2017
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has prepared a guide to inform local governments and auditors about the recent reforms to the conduct of local government audits.
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Regional Subsidiaries — Government Policy and Guidelines

Aug 14, 2017
I am pleased to announce the release of the policy and guidelines for the establishment of regional subsidiaries.
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MyCouncil Website Data Update

Jun 2, 2017
Local government 2015-16 financial data will be available on the MyCouncil comparative website from Thursday 1 June 2017.
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Regulation Amendment Changes to Fixed Term Deposit Investment Period

May 17, 2017
I am pleased to advise that following feedback from the local government sector, the McGowan Government has responded to requests to change the period of time that local governments can invest in fixed term deposits.
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