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Universal Council Member Training

Sep 18, 2020
The Local Government Amendment Act 2019 has introduced the requirement for all council members to undertake Council Member Essentials training within the first 12 months of being elected.

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Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Amendment Regulations 2020

Mar 3, 2020

Departmental Circular 2 2020

On Tuesday 3 March 2020, the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Amendment Regulations 2020 (amendment regulations) are being published in the Government Gazette and come into effect the following day.

Introduction of Dog Amendment — (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020

Feb 24, 2020

Departmental Circular 1 2020

On 19 February 2020, the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020 was introduced into Parliament. The Bill proposes to introduce:
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Operational Guidelines

Dec 20, 2019

Departmental Circular 14 2019

To reflect the changes introduced by the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019, the department has updated some of the Operational Guidelines.
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Providing a safe work environment

Dec 19, 2019

Departmental Circular 13 2019

McLeods Barristers and Solicitors have recently released an article titled Protection of CEOs from bullying in the workplace under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
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Invitation to attend a workshop for new Mayors, Presidents and Deputies

Nov 1, 2019

Departmental Circular 12 2019

Following the recent local government elections, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is running a free, one-day workshop for new Mayors, Presidents, Deputy Mayors and Deputy Presidents.
Gifts Framework

New gifts framework

Oct 18, 2019

Departmental Circular 11 2019

On 20 October 2019, the new gifts framework contained within the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 will come into operation. This new gift framework has been simplified, with the focus on transparency and accountability.
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Alternative Queen's Birthday public holiday dates 2020

Oct 17, 2019

Departmental Circular 10 2019

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 2020 on Monday 28 September.
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Council member training and candidate induction

Aug 12, 2019

Departmental Circular 8 2019

On 27 June 2019, the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was passed by the Western Australian Parliament, coming into effect on 6 July 2019.
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Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019

Jul 9, 2019

Departmental Circular 7 2019

​The Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 has received Royal Assent with some of the amendments taking effect immediately. As such, all local governments need to take action now to ensure they continue to comply with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1995.
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Checking Status of Local Government Employees

Jul 4, 2019

Departmental Circular 6 2018

The Auditor General has conducted a number of local government Performance Audits since the proclamation of the Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Act 2017.
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Local government auditing

Jul 4, 2019

Departmental Circular 5 2019

Local governments are reminded of their audit reporting obligations under section 7.12A(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1995.
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Review of parking local laws

May 1, 2019

Departmental Circular 4 2019

In October 2018, the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Act 2018 (TRPS Act) was passed by the Parliament of Western Australia and a number of reforms impacting parking local laws will come into effect on 2 July 2019.
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