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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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Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

Apr 18, 2019

Departmental Circular 3 2019

​In June 2017, the McGowan Government announced a review of the Local Government Act 1995 (LG Act).
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Safe work places in local government

Mar 22, 2019

Departmental Circular 2 2019

Minister Templeman recently spoke of his concerns about a trend of bullying and abuse in the local government sector against elected members, CEO’s and other staff.
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Impact of SAT decision on park homes and park home park licences

Feb 15, 2019

Departmental Circular 1 2019

A recent decision of the State Administrative Tribunal has significant implications in relation to what constitutes a park home.
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Local Government Regulations Amendment (Recovery of Advanced Payments) Regulations 2018

Dec 11, 2018

Departmental Circular 4 2018

​On 4 December 2018, the Executive Council approved amendments to the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 and the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations 1996.
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Colour of cat and dog registration tags

Oct 28, 2018

Departmental Circular 3 2018

​Local governments are advised that the Minister for Local Government’s order, dated 8 October 2018, specifying the colour of the registration tags for cats and dogs for the next 16 registration periods was published in the Government Gazette Issue No. 156 (p. 4096) on 16 October 2018. A copy of the Notice of the order is attached.
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Guide to Local Government Auditing Reforms

Jun 28, 2018

Departmental Circular 2 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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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.

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.

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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Budget Consideration in Rate Setting

Jan 4, 2017

Departmental Circular 2 2017

As local governments commence their annual budget setting process for the 2017-18 financial year it is an opportune time for a reminder about how the budget process influences rating models.
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