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Local Government Act Review

Last updated: 19/10/2018 8:46 PM
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Local Government Act Review logo.pngIn 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.

About the reforms

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

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

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

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.

Have your say

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.

Attend a workshop

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.

Community drop-in sessions and forums

What do you think?

  • Should charities pay rates?
  • Should there be compulsory local government elections?
  • When should local governments be required to engage with the community?
  • How should local governments handle complaints?

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.

Albany

Date, time and location to be advised

Bunbury

Forum session 6 pm to 8 pm, 1 November 2018
City of Bunbury Council Chambers, 4 Stephen Street, Bunbury WA
RSVP to the Bunbury forum session​

Esperance​​

Drop-in session 5 pm to 7 pm, 3 December 2018
Shire of Esperance Chamber, Shire Administration Offices, 77 Windich Street, Esperance WA
RSVP to the Esperance drop-in session

Gingin

Drop-in session 5 pm to 7 pm, 25 October 2018
Gingin Bowling Club, 4 Robinson Street, Gingin WA
RSVP to the Gingin drop-in session

Joondalup

Forum session 6 pm to 8 pm, 26 November 2018
Joondalup Reception Centre, 102 Boas Avenue, Joondalup WA
RSVP to the Joondalup forum session​​

Kalgoorlie

Drop-in session 5 pm to 7 pm, 1 November 2018
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (located above ABC Radio)
Suite 1, 349 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie WA​
RSVP to the Kalgoorlie drop-in session

Kununurra

Drop-in session 6 pm to 8 pm, 25 October 2018
Location to be advised

Meekatharra​​

Date, time and location to be advised​

Merredin

Drop-in session 5 pm to 7 pm, 23 October 2018
Merredin Regional Community and Leisure Centre, Bates Street, Merredin WA
RSVP to the Merredin drop-in session

​Newman

​​​Drop-in session 5 pm to 7 pm, 14 November 2018
Pop-up Shop, The Square, Newman (town centre) WA
RSVP to the Newman drop-in session

Port Hedland

Forum session 5 pm to 7 pm, 13 November 2018
Civic Centre, 13 McGregor Street, Port Hedland WA
RSVP to the Port Hedland forum session​

Local government staff workshops

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:

  • Learn about the areas considered for reform.
  • Share your thoughts and ideas to improve the way that local governments operate.
  • Engage with subject matter experts about local government matters that interest you.
  • Provide insights on how the Act review will affect your local government.

Broome

3 pm to 5 pm, 5 November 2018
Shire of Brrome Administration Building, cnr Weld​​ and Haas Street, Broome WA
RSVP to the Broome staff session

Bruce Rock

9 am to 11 am, 24 October 2018
Bruce Rock Town Hall, 56 Johnson Street, Bruce Rock WA
RSVP to the Bruce Rock staff session

Bunbury

2 pm to 4 pm, 1 November 2018
City of Bunbury Council Chambers, 4 Stephen Street, Bunbury WA
RSVP to the Bunbury staff session

Esperance​

2 pm to 4 pm, 3 December 2018
The Shire of Esperance Chamber, Shire Administration Offices, 77 Windich Street, Esperance WA
RSVP to the Esperance staff session​

Gingin

2 pm to 4 pm, 25 October 2018
Gingin Bowling Club, 4 Robinson Street, Gingin, WA
RSVP to the Gingin staff session

Kalgoorlie

10 am to 12 noon, 2 November 2018
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Councillors Conference Room, Administration Building, 577 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie WA
RSVP to the Kalgoorlie staff session​

​Kununurra

10 am to 12 noon, 29 October 2018
Kununurra Council Chambers, Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, 20 Coolibah Drive, Kununurra WA
RSVP to the Kununurra staff session​

Mandurah

10 am to 12 noon, 5 November 2018
City of Mandurah Council Chamber, 83 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah WA
RSVP to the Mandurah staff session​

Mount Magnet

10.30 am to 12.30 pm, 1 November 2018
Mount Magnet Council Chambers, 90 Hepburn Street, Mount Magnet WA
RSVP to the Mount Magnet staff session​

Newman

3 pm to 5 pm, 15 November 2018
Council Chambers, Shire of East Pilbara Administration Office, Corner Kalgan and Newman Drives, Newman WA
RSVP to the Newman staff session​

Port Hedland

9 am to 11 am, 14 November 2018
Civic Centre, 13 McGregor Street, Port Hedland WA
RSVP to the Port Hedland staff session​

More information

Email actreview@dlgsc.wa.gov.au