Local government reforms

The State Government has announced the final package of reforms to the Local Government Act 1995, following a review of public submissions. 

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It is the most significant package of reforms for WA local government since the Local Government Act 1995 was passed more than 25 years ago.

The reforms have been developed on the basis of findings identified as part of the Local Government Act Review and recommendations of various reports, including the Local Government Review Panel Final Report.

Major changes to the Local Government Act and Regulations will provide for a stronger, more consistent framework for local government across Western Australia. The reform proposals have been designed to deliver significant benefits for residents and ratepayers, small business, industry, elected members and professionals working in the sector.

The proposed reforms are based on six themes:

  1. Earlier intervention, effective regulation and stronger penalties
  2. Reducing red tape, increasing consistency and simplicity
  3. Greater transparency and accountability
  4. Stronger local democracy and community engagement
  5. Clear roles and responsibilities
  6. Improved financial management and reporting.
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Full Reform Proposals

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Public consultation on proposals

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Greater transparency and accountability factsheet

Greater transparency and accountability

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Stronger local democracy and community engagement factsheet

Stronger local democracy and community engagement

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Clearer Roles and Responsibilities factsheet

Clearer roles and responsibilities

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Improved financial management and reporting factsheet

Improved financial management and reporting

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Reforms introduced

On 27 June 2019 the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was passed by Parliament.

This Act addresses the following key areas:
  • elected member training
  • the treatment of gifts
  • a new code of conduct
  • changes to the Standards Panel
  • best practice standards for CEO recruitment, performance review and early termination
  • greater transparency through more information being made more easily accessible online.

Consultation

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries invited comments from local governments and the wider community to inform implementation of the reforms. 

The consultation period ran from the 10 November 2021 to 25 February 2022.

More than 200 submissions were received from local governments, peak bodies, advocacy groups and members of the public.

These legislative reforms will provide for a stronger, more consistent framework for local governments across Western Australia.

Community group submissions

Government submissions

Individual submissions

Peak body submissions

Page reviewed 21 July 2022