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On the road to reform

A country road

Engagement on the new Local Government Act is well-underway. 

Department staff have been travelling the state in recent weeks hearing from council members, staff and the community about the future of local government. The department wishes to thank those who have participated and assisted with logistics.  

More than 60 workshops have been held since the start of October. Forums have also been held in partnership with WALGA in every WALGA zone.

Highlights include travelling to the legendary Cue Parliament and enjoying country hospitality in Kalgoorlie, Kununurra and Narrogin. 

With regional WA visits now completed, the review team is holding more workshops in metropolitan Perth this week. 

Between now and 31 March 2019, the team will also be meeting with a range of stakeholders within the sector and beyond to hear as many opinions as possible.

The review team is pleased with the response and interest so far, with more than three times as many submissions received than in phase one last year.

We have also heard some great suggestions for amendments to the Act to better empower local governments to be agile, smart and inclusive.

Local government staff are reminded that this is a unique opportunity to transform local government through a new Local Government Act.

The department is seeking your views on topics such as:

  • who should pay rates
  • the frequency of council elections
  • how local laws should be made
  • how and when the community should be engaged
  • many more important matters.

You can have your say via surveys available on our website​. Alternatively, submissions can be lodged via email at  

The public submission period closes on 31 March 2019. Confidential and anonymous submissions to the review are welcome.