In 2017 the McGowan Government announced a review of the Local Government Act 1995. This is the first significant reform of local government conducted in more than two decades. The objective is for Western Australia to have a new, modern Act that empowers local governments to better deliver for the community. Our vision is for local governments to be agile, smart and inclusive.
Local governments and community were invited to have their say on the priority reforms earlier this year and the drafting of a Bill which includes universal training for candidates and council members, council member code of conduct, improvements to CEO recruitment and performance review and a simplified gift framework is now underway.
Read the policy positions on the priority reforms.
The next stage will result in a new Local Government Act and focuses on delivering for the community based on the themes Agile, Smart and Inclusive. It considers nine key topic areas as outlined in the table below and local governments and community members are currently invited to have a say on some or all of the reform areas.
Agile includes topics that focus specifically on how local governments can best use their resources to adapt to changing conditions. It is important that they can strike a balance between community expectations, the practical limitations of revenue and expenditure and external pressures.
Smart includes topics that focus specifically on enabling local governments to better meet the needs and expectations of their communities through being transparent and accountable.
Inclusive focuses specifically on local governments representing and involving their communities in decision-making. As the tier of government closest to the community, there is an expectation that local governments represent the whole community, recognise diversity within their district and are responsive to community needs.
Click on one of the below topic areas to read more about the proposed reforms and complete the survey. Surveys are open until
31 March 2019.
The department is providing further opportunities for local governments and community members to participate.
Drop-in sessions and forums will be held for community members and local government staff can attend a workshop to share their thoughts and ideas on how local government can be transformed. View the schedules below.
What do you think?
These are just some of the questions that are being raised to help develop a new Local Government Act. The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries wants to hear your views!
Drop-in to one of our sessions to have your say on ways that local government can be transformed – you can arrive at any time.
A forum may be being held close to your location – please arrive for the advertised start time.Sessions will be added as they become available, check back regularly for updates.
Date, time and location to be advised
Forum session 6 pm to 8 pm, 1 November 2018City of Bunbury Council Chambers, 4 Stephen Street, Bunbury WARSVP to the Bunbury forum session
Drop-in session 5 pm to 7 pm, 3 December 2018Shire of Esperance Chamber, Shire Administration Offices, 77 Windich Street, Esperance WARSVP to the Esperance drop-in session
Drop-in session 5 pm to 7 pm, 25 October 2018Gingin Bowling Club, 4 Robinson Street, Gingin WARSVP to the Gingin drop-in session
Forum session 6 pm to 8 pm, 26 November 2018Joondalup Reception Centre, 102 Boas Avenue, Joondalup WARSVP to the Joondalup forum session
Drop-in session 5 pm to 7 pm, 1 November 2018Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (located above ABC Radio)Suite 1, 349 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie WARSVP to the Kalgoorlie drop-in session
Drop-in session 6 pm to 8 pm, 25 October 2018Location to be advised
Date, time and location to be advised
Drop-in session 5 pm to 7 pm, 23 October 2018Merredin Regional Community and Leisure Centre, Bates Street, Merredin WARSVP to the Merredin drop-in session
Drop-in session 5 pm to 7 pm, 14 November 2018Pop-up Shop, The Square, Newman (town centre) WARSVP to the Newman drop-in session
Forum session 5 pm to 7 pm, 13 November 2018Civic Centre, 13 McGregor Street, Port Hedland WARSVP to the Port Hedland forum session
As a local government staff member, you are invited to attend one of the sessions below to have your say on ways that the local government sector can be transformed.
Sessions will be added as they become available, check back regularly for updates to the schedule.
What you will get out of this session:
3 pm to 5 pm, 5 November 2018Shire of Brrome Administration Building, cnr Weld and Haas Street, Broome WARSVP to the Broome staff session
9 am to 11 am, 24 October 2018Bruce Rock Town Hall, 56 Johnson Street, Bruce Rock WARSVP to the Bruce Rock staff session
2 pm to 4 pm, 1 November 2018City of Bunbury Council Chambers, 4 Stephen Street, Bunbury WARSVP to the Bunbury staff session
2 pm to 4 pm, 3 December 2018The Shire of Esperance Chamber, Shire Administration Offices, 77 Windich Street, Esperance WARSVP to the Esperance staff session
2 pm to 4 pm, 25 October 2018Gingin Bowling Club, 4 Robinson Street, Gingin, WARSVP to the Gingin staff session
10 am to 12 noon, 2 November 2018City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Councillors Conference Room, Administration Building, 577 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie WARSVP to the Kalgoorlie staff session
10 am to 12 noon, 29 October 2018Kununurra Council Chambers, Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, 20 Coolibah Drive, Kununurra WARSVP to the Kununurra staff session
10 am to 12 noon, 5 November 2018City of Mandurah Council Chamber, 83 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah WARSVP to the Mandurah staff session
10.30 am to 12.30 pm, 1 November 2018Mount Magnet Council Chambers, 90 Hepburn Street, Mount Magnet WARSVP to the Mount Magnet staff session
3 pm to 5 pm, 15 November 2018Council Chambers, Shire of East Pilbara Administration Office, Corner Kalgan and Newman Drives, Newman WARSVP to the Newman staff session
9 am to 11 am, 14 November 2018Civic Centre, 13 McGregor Street, Port Hedland WARSVP to the Port Hedland staff session