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Local Government Act changes
The impacts of the current State of Emergency continue to be felt across all levels of government, businesses and communities.

The Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 amends the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) in two key areas:

  • modifications or suspension of legislative provisions; and
  • local government local laws.

To assist local governments as they respond to the coronavirus outbreak, the changes will allow parts of the Act to be modified or suspended during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

This will ensure that action can be taken in the event of it being identified that a local government's ability to respond to the emergency is being impeded, or the health of the community is potentially being put at risk.

The amendments will also enable a local government to temporarily suspend all or some of a local law by council decision.

Under this change, local governments would have the power to remove restrictions and reduce red tape in order to support businesses and households during the current pandemic and consequent recovery.


Page reviewed 06 May 2022