A suite of reforms designed to build the capacity of council members and give them the tools to be able to carry out their complex role in a way that meets community expectations will be introduced as early as next year.
The department is undertaking the review of the Local Government Act 1995 in two phases with phase one policy positions announced by the Minister for Local Government on 1 August 2018.
The review is designed to modernise the Act, reduce red tape and importantly, meet the expectations of Western Australians.
The department has developed the reforms in collaboration with the local government sector and broader community during a four-month consultation process.
Included in phase one of the reforms is the introduction of universal training for council members and laws to ensure greater transparency and accountability around the acceptance of gifts.
Detailed information sheets on each of the key areas of reform are available online.
Key changes to be implemented under phase one include:
A number of out of date provisions will also be removed to improve administrative efficiencies and reduce red tape for local governments.
Find out more about the Local Government Act Review.