Local government operational guidelines

A list of guidelines to help local governments.

These documents are intended as a guide to good practice and should not be taken as a compliance requirement. The content is based on department officer knowledge, understanding, observation of, and appropriate consultation on contemporary good practice in local government.

Guidelines may also involve the department’s views on the intent and interpretation of relevant legislation.

All guidelines are subject to review, amendment and re-publishing as required. Therefore, comments on any aspect of the guideline are welcome. Advice of methods of improvement in the area of the guideline topic that can be reported to other local governments will be especially beneficial.

The recent Dain decision essentially reiterates the established view that where a reasonable person could apprehend that the council or councillors are biased, that the council and/or councillors must ensure that genuine and appropriate consideration is given to new materials and submissions. The department is considering the impact, if any, of the Dain decision on the declaration of impartiality interests by councillors

A Guide to the Preparation of Agendas and Minutes

For local government officers to support effective decision making in council and committee meetings.

Appointing a CEO

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Attendance at Events Policy

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Changing Methods of Valuation of Land

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Clarity in Council Motions

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Council forums

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Declaring Financial Interests in Meetings

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Delegations

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Disclosure of interests affecting impartiality

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Disruptive Behaviour by the Public at Council Meetings

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Elected Member Induction

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Elected Members' Relationship with Developers

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Financial Ratios

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Legal Representation for Council Members and Employees

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Local Laws

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Managing Public Question Time

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Net Current Assets Used in the Annual Budget

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Primary and Annual Returns

Local Government Operational Guidelines

Use of Corporate Credit Cards

Local Government Operational Guidelines

More information

Local Government Advisory Hotline 1300 762 511
Email lghotline@dlgc.wa.gov.au
8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday
Page reviewed 09 May 2019