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Local Government Act Review

Last updated: 12/11/2018 7:28 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.​ To ensure that all attendees are able to actively participate in the forums, numbers are limited to 50 people at each session. If sessions book out, additional sessions may be held at a later date.
Sessions will be added as they become available, check back regularly for updates.

Albany

Drop-in session 5 pm to 7 pm, 28 November 2018
Civic Room 102 North Road, Albany, WA​
RSVP to the Albany drop-in session

Broome

​Forum session from 6 pm to 8 pm, 5 November 2018
Broome Civic Centre, 27 Weld Street, Broome WA 6725
RSVP to the Broome session.

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

Forum session 6 pm to 8 pm, ​29 October 2018

Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley – Kununurra Council Chambers 20 Coolibah Drive, Kununurra WA​
RSVP to the Kununurra forum session​

Kwinana

Forum session 5 pm to 7 pm, 21 November 2018​
Ken Jackman Hall, Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, corner Robbos Way and Chisham Avenue, Kwinana Town Centre WA
RSVP to the Kwinana forum session

Leederville

Drop-in session 5 pm to 7 pm, 27 November 2018
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Conference Room, 246 Vincent Street, Leederville WA​
RSVP to the Leederville drop-in session

Meekatharra​​

​​Drop-in session from 5 pm to 7 pm, 31 October 2018
Shire Town Hall, Corner Main and Savage Streets, Meekatharra WA
RSVP to the Meekatharra drop-in session

​Melville

​Forum session from 6 pm tp 8 pm, 28 November 2018
City of Melville Administration Building, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon WA
RSVP to the Melville forum session

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

Mundaring​​

Forum session 6 pm  to 8 pm, 4 December 2018
Shire of Mundaring Administration Building (Civic Reception Room), 7000 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring WA
RSVP to the Mundaring forum 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

Perth​​​

Forum session 5 pm  to 7 pm, 20 November 2018
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Exhibition Hall, Gordon Stephenson House 140 William Street, Perth WA
RSVP to the Perth forum 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.

Albany

2 pm to 4 pm, 28 November 2018
Civic Room 102 North Road, Albany, WA​
RSVP to the Albany staff session​

Bayswater

10 am to 12 pm, 10 December 2018
City of Bayswater, Administration Building, 61 Broun Avenue, Morley WA
RSVP to the Bayswater staff session

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

Gosnells

2pm to 4pm, 10 December 2018
City of Gosnells Administration Building, 2120 Albany Hwy, Gosnells WA
RSVP to the Gosnells 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​

Kwinana

2 pm to 4 pm, 21 November 2018​
Ken Jackman Hall, Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, corner Robbos Way and Chisham Avenue, Kwinana Town Centre WA
RSVP to the Kwinana staff session

​​Meekatharra

2pm to 4pm, 31 October 2018
Council Chambers, 54 Main Street Meekatharra WA
RSVP to the Meekatharra 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​

Mundaring​​

2 pm  to 4 pm, 4 December 2018
Shire of Mundaring Administration Building (Civic Reception Room), 7000 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring WA
RSVP to the Mundaring staff session​

Nedlands​

10 am to 12 noon, 27 November 2018
City of Nedlands, Administration Building, 71 Stirling Highway, Nedlands WA
RSVP to the Nedlands staff session​

Newman

3 pm to 4.30 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​

Pinjarra

10am to 12pm, 5 November 2018
Shire of Murray Lesser Hall, 1915 Pinjarra Road, Pinjarra WA
RSVP to Pinjarra 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​

Stirling

​2 pm to 4 pm, 3 December 2018
Reception Hall, City of Stirling Administration Centre, 25 Cedric Street, Stirling WA
RSVP tot the Stirling staff session​

Elected members worksops​​

Sessions will be held for local government elected members to have their say on ways that the Local Government Act can be transformed

​Esperance

10 am to 12 noon, 4 December 2018
The Shire of Esperance Chamber, Shire Administration Offices, 77 Windich Street, Esperance WA​
RSVP to the Esperance elected members workshop​

More information

Email actreview@dlgsc.wa.gov.au