The first stage of the review of the Local Government Act involved identifying areas of reform that needed to be addressed as a priority.
The areas of reform identified in the first stage of the Local Government Act review included:
The department released a consultation paper on the stage one priority reforms on 8 November 2017.
Local Government Act Review Consultation Paper Stage One
Following the release of the paper, the department held local government and community workshops in locations across Western Australia.
The purpose of the workshops was three-fold:
Consultation on stage one of the Local Government Act review closed on 9 March 2018.
Workshops with local governments were held in 14 locations across Western Australia. Venues were selected based on invitations by local governments, availability of suitable venues, alignment with WALGA zone meetings to maximise participation, and the extent that the locations allowed the greatest coverage across Western Australia.
Almost 400 Mayors, Shire Presidents, Councillors, Chief Executive Officers and local government employees participated.
On 1 August 2018 the State Government announced its policy positions on the priority reforms to be progressed following the four month consultation period with the community and local government sector.
The following resources provide an overview of what was heard during consultation, and the position of the State Government.
Administrative efficiencies policy position
CEO recruitment and performance review policy position
Gifts policy position
Public notice policy position
Standards of behaviour policy position
Universal training policy position
On 27 June 2019, the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was passed by Parliament.
The Act addresses the following key areas:
The reforms that commenced immediately included:
Reforms that took effect in October 2019 were:
Reforms expected to commence in early 2020 include:
Further work is being undertaken on the following reforms:
FAQs about the Act amendments
More information on the Act amendments:
Departmental Circular 7 2019
The Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 has received Royal Assent with some of the amendments taking effect immediately. As such, all local governments need to take action now to ensure they continue to comply with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1995.
Ministerial Circular 1 2019
Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
Departmental Circular 3 2019
In June 2017, the McGowan Government announced a review of the Local Government Act 1995 (LG Act).
The public submission period on phase one closed on 9 March 2018. More than 240 submissions were received.
The department acknowledges those who have provided submissions to the review.
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