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Want to make a difference? Consider running for your local council this September

Jun 1, 2021
Community members are called on to nominate as a candidate in the upcoming local government elections to be held on 16 October 2021.

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Wheatbelt winners … part of the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Route team at the awards.

Wheatbelt roads project is a winner!

31 Oct 2019
A Wheatbelt freight project involving 42 local governments has won the Making a Difference award at the recent Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
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'Halls Creek is ready to grow'

31 Oct 2019
Noel Mason is a local government journeyman who’s working with his team to help implement several innovative programs to tackle local issues.
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Highway councils band together to stage AC/DC tribute

31 Oct 2019
Three metropolitan councils are banding together to help create a family event that promises to be one of the highlights of the 2020 Festival of Perth.
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Elections herald a new era in local government

31 Oct 2019
The local government elections held on 19 October herald a new era for local government in WA — and the culmination of two years’ behind-the-scenes work by staff at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Gifts Framework

New gifts framework

18 Oct 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

17 Oct 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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Controlling Off-road Vehicles in Your Community

22 Aug 2019

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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Regulation Amendment Changes to Fixed Term Deposit Investment Period

21 Aug 2019

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.
Perenjori Hall

Report into Shire of Perenjori handed down

6 Aug 2019
The Western Australian Government today tabled the report detailing findings of the Authorised Inquiry into the Shire of Perenjori in State Parliament.
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Landmark local government reform brings councils into the 21st century

27 Jun 2019
Landmark local government reforms passed by State Parliament will bring councils into the 21st century as the first reforms resulting from the Local Government Act review.
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Every Club Hub

8 May 2019
A one-stop shop for the State's 5500 community sporting clubs and their volunteers is now available thanks to the department’s Every Club Hub initiative.
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Review of parking local laws

1 May 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.
WA State Parliament

Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

23 Apr 2019

Ministerial Circular 1 2019

Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
WA State Parliament

Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

18 Apr 2019

Departmental Circular 3 2019

​In June 2017, the McGowan Government announced a review of the Local Government Act 1995 (LG Act).
Harmony Week 2019 Friday 15 to Thursday 21 March

Get involved in Harmony Week 2019

7 Mar 2019
Harmony Week, presented by the Office of Multicultural Interests, is an opportunity for all Western Australians to celebrate our vibrant multicultural State.
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Impact of SAT decision on park homes and park home park licences

15 Feb 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

11 Dec 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.

Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Act 2018

20 Nov 2018

Ministerial Circular 3 2018

​The Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Act 2018 has received Royal Assent with the amendments taking effect from 20 November 2018.
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Colour of cat and dog registration tags

28 Oct 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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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recognition

14 Aug 2018

Ministerial Circular 2 2018

Acknowledgement and recognition of Western Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as the traditional owners of our nation, is an important part of progressing towards the goal of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Suspension and Dismissal Amendment Bill 2018

14 Mar 2018

Ministerial Circular 1 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

23 Nov 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.

Local Government Risk Profile

2 Nov 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.

Proclamation of Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Act 2017

1 Nov 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

24 Oct 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

16 Oct 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.

A Guide to Local Government Auditing Reforms

19 Sep 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

14 Aug 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

2 Jun 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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Country Local Government Fund — Youth Development Program 2016-17

25 Jan 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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Local Government (Regional Subsidiaries) Regulations 2017

21 Jan 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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