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State Art Gallery works to go on new regional tour

Sep 13, 2019
A new capsule exhibition featuring sculptures, jewellery and ceramics from the State Art Collection will visit regional audiences across Western Australia from 2020.

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Alternative Queen's Birthday Public Holiday dates 2018

Nov 23, 2017

Departmental circular 21 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

Ministerial circular 8 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.
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Proclamation of Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Act 2017

Nov 1, 2017

Departmental circular 20 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

Departmental circular 19 2015

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

Ministerial circular 7 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.
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A Guide to Local Government Auditing Reforms

Sep 19, 2017

Departmental circular 16 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

Ministerial circular 6 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

Ministerial circular 5 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

Ministerial circular 4 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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Country Local Government Fund — Youth Development Program 2016-17

Jan 25, 2017

Ministerial circular 3 2017

Recently, I have had the privilege of awarding funding through the Country Local Government Fund – Youth Development Program to 25 local government scholarship recipients and 12 local governments to implement traineeship programs.
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Controlling Off-road Vehicles in Your Community

Jan 23, 2017

Ministerial circular 2 2017

In light of recent off-road vehicle incidents across the State, local governments are reminded of the options available for controlling off-road vehicle use in the community.
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Local Government (Regional Subsidiaries) Regulations 2017

Jan 21, 2017

Ministerial circular 1 2017

I am pleased to announce the introduction of the regional subsidiary model in Western Australia. This is a mechanism that local governments have sought for many years and the necessary changes have now been enacted.
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