Administrative efficiencies

Local Government Act Review

As part of the State Government’s reform agenda, a new Local Government Act will be drafted.

Our vision is for the local government sector to be agile, smart and inclusive.

Our objective is to transform local government so that it is empowered to better deliver quality governance and services to their communities now and into the future.


The department undertook consultation on the topic of administrative efficiencies during stage two of the Local Government Act review consultation. 

Administrative efficiencies and local laws summary discussion paper 

Administrative efficiencies discussion paper  

The following sections outline what was heard during consultation and how feedback will inform a new Local Government Act.

The current system

  • Local governments must strike a delicate balance between oversight and red tape.
  • A goal of effective regulation is to impose the least amount of resistance to activity while still providing an adequate governance framework.

What you’ve told us

  • Proposals to achieve greater efficiency in local government.
  • A desire to see consistency in terms used in the Act.
  • All local governments regardless of their size should have the same level of powers and responsibilities.

Ideas for change

  • A tailored approach to local government governance.
  • Amendments to Advisory Board Processes.
  • Strong support for repealing the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1960.


A summary paper which outlines what we heard from the consultation is now available. The contribution of community members, local governments and others who have supported the process to date will provide valuable input to the Local Government Review Panel and help transform local government in Western Australia.

A new Local Government Act for Western Australia: smart

Local Government Act Review Overview: smart

In 2017 the State Government announced a review of the Local Government Act 1995 — the first significant review since the Act was introduced more than two decades ago.

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