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Last updated: 28/06/2018 11:45 PM
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​​​​​​​​​​​Local government circulars are one of the tools the Department uses to communicate with councils.

They may contain information about:

  • changes to legislation
  • policy positions
  • consultations
  • a need to take specific action

For access to archived information, please email your request to circulars@dlgsc.wa.gov.au

Below are departmental circulars:​

 2018

 

 

Departmental Circular 02-2018 - Guide to Local Government Auditing ReformsDepartmental Circular 02-2018 - Guide to Local Government Auditing ReformsCircular (Department)https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Departmental Circular 02-2018 - Guide to Local Government Auditing Reforms15032018-06-28T06:00:00Z

 2017

 

 

Circular 21-2017 Alternative Queen's Birthday Public Holiday dates 2018Circular 21-2017 Alternative Queen's Birthday Public Holiday dates 2018Circular (Department)https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 21-2017 Alternative Queen's Birthday Public Holiday dates 20187712017-11-24T14:03:26Z
Circular 20-2017 Proclamation of Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Act 2017Circular 20-2017 Proclamation of Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Act 2017Circular (Department)https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 20-2017 Proclamation of Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Act 20177702017-11-13T08:59:55Z
Circular 19-2017 Smart Hub now accepting Annual Financial Reports and Grants Commission ReturnsCircular 19-2017 Smart Hub now accepting Annual Financial Reports and Grants Commission ReturnsCircular (Department)To reduce the reporting burden on local governments, audited Annual Financial Reports and Western Australian Grants Commission returns can now be submitted via online forms within Smart Hub. https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 19-2017 Smart Hub now accepting Annual Financial Reports and Grants Commission Returns7652017-10-30T08:50:37Z
Circular 18-2017 Local Government Elections 2017 - Bulletin 5Circular 18-2017 Local Government Elections 2017 - Bulletin 5Circular (Department)Local Government Elections 2017 Bulletin 5 is now available and includes advice on the processes for local governments to follow for the election of mayors, presidents and deputies following election day.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 18-2017 Local Government Elections 2017 - Bulletin 57632017-10-16T10:25:00Z
Circular 17-2017 Local Government Elections - 2017 Bulletin 4Circular 17-2017 Local Government Elections - 2017 Bulletin 4Circular (Department)https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 17-2017 Local Government Elections - 2017 Bulletin 47602017-09-29T11:31:37Z
Circular 15-2017 Country Local Government Fund Grant ProgramsCircular 15-2017 Country Local Government Fund Grant ProgramsCircular (Department)The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is pleased to announce a new round of funding available to regional local governments through the following Country Local Government Fund programs.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 15-2017 Country Local Government Fund Grant Programs7582017-09-27T12:10:02Z
Circular 16-2017 A Guide to Local Government Auditing ReformsCircular 16-2017 A Guide to Local Government Auditing ReformsCircular (Department)On 24 August 2017, amendments to the Local Government Act 1995 were passed by State Parliament enabling the Auditor General to audit local government finances and performance. The Act received Royal Assent on 1 September 2017.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 16-2017 A Guide to Local Government Auditing Reforms7542017-09-21T09:21:00Z
Circular 14-2017 Support Materials for Sale of Non-Microchipped Dogs and CatsCircular 14-2017 Support Materials for Sale of Non-Microchipped Dogs and CatsCircular (Department)Several members of the public have recently queried whether it is lawful for a puppy or kitten to be sold if it is not microchipped.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 14-2017 Support Materials for Sale of Non-Microchipped Dogs and Cats7492017-08-29T16:00:00Z
Circular 13-2017 Local Government Elections - Bulletin 3Circular 13-2017 Local Government Elections - Bulletin 3Circular (Department)Local Government Elections 2017 - Bulletin 3 has been published and offers advice for Western Australian local governments planning for the October 2017 elections. https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 13-2017 Local Government Elections - Bulletin 37482017-08-25T13:44:00Z
Circular 12-2017 AASB 124 Related Party Disclosures - Fact SheetCircular 12-2017 AASB 124 Related Party Disclosures - Fact SheetCircular (Department)In June 2017, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) emailed Circular 07-2017 to all local governments promoting the AASB124 Related Party Disclosure Implementation Guide. https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 12-2017 AASB 124 Related Party Disclosures - Fact Sheet7442017-08-01T12:11:00Z
Circular 11-2017 Local Government Elections 2017 - Bulletin 2Circular 11-2017 Local Government Elections 2017 - Bulletin 2Circular (Department)Local Government elections will be held on Saturday 21 October 2017. Please refer to Local Government Elections 2017 - Bulletin 2 for key information and dates regarding preparations for the nomination period and electoral rolls.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 11-2017 Local Government Elections 2017 - Bulletin 27432017-07-31T09:20:00Z
Circular 10-2017 Local Government Elections 2017 - Bulletin 1Circular 10-2017 Local Government Elections 2017 - Bulletin 1Circular (Department)Local Government elections will be held on Saturday 21 October 2017. To assist local governments planning for this process, please refer to the first Elections Bulletin.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 10-2017 Local Government Elections 2017 - Bulletin 17412017-07-12T13:39:00Z
Circular 09-2017 Agile, Smart, Inclusive A Local Government Act for the FutureCircular 09-2017 Agile, Smart, Inclusive A Local Government Act for the FutureCircular (Department)On 20 June 2017, Minister Templeman announced that the Department of Local Government and Communities would commence a review of the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act). https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 09-2017 Agile, Smart, Inclusive A Local Government Act for the Future7402017-06-19T16:57:02Z
Circular 07-2017 Changes to Accounting Standards - Implementation of Related Party DisclosuresCircular 07-2017 Changes to Accounting Standards - Implementation of Related Party DisclosuresCircular (Department)As a result of changes to the accounting standards, from 1 July 2017, all local governments are required to disclose the nature of related party relationships when preparing general purpose financial reports in compliance with AASB 124.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 07-2017 Changes to Accounting Standards - Implementation of Related Party Disclosures7322017-06-14T09:52:00Z
Circular 08-2017 World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities - Affiliate StatusCircular 08-2017 World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities - Affiliate StatusCircular (Department)The State Government of WA, represented by DLGC, has been recognised as an affiliate of the World Health Organisation?s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 08-2017 World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities - Affiliate Status7312017-06-13T16:37:00Z
Circular 06-2017 Age-friendly Communities Grants Program EvaluationCircular 06-2017 Age-friendly Communities Grants Program EvaluationCircular (Department)In 2016, in consultation with the Age-friendly Interagency Group, the Department of Local Government and Communities commenced work to evaluate the Age-friendly Communities Local Government Grants Program.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 06-2017 Age-friendly Communities Grants Program Evaluation7232017-02-27T07:45:00Z
Circular 05-2017 Amendments to Dog Regulations 2013 - Registration RefundsCircular 05-2017 Amendments to Dog Regulations 2013 - Registration RefundsCircular (Department)Local governments are advised that the Dog Amendment Regulations 2017 were published in the Government Gazette on Tuesday 24 January 2017 and take effect from Wednesday 25 January 2017.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 05-2017 Amendments to Dog Regulations 2013 - Registration Refunds7222017-01-24T13:51:00Z
Circular 04-2017 WALGA, LGMA and ALGA Gift Declaration ExemptionsCircular 04-2017 WALGA, LGMA and ALGA Gift Declaration ExemptionsCircular (Department)Local governments are advised that the gift provisions in the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 and Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007 have recently been amended. https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 04-2017 WALGA, LGMA and ALGA Gift Declaration Exemptions7182017-01-17T13:42:00Z
Circular 03-2017 Local Government Compliance Audit Return now on Smart HubCircular 03-2017 Local Government Compliance Audit Return now on Smart HubCircular (Department)The Department of Local Government and Communities has launched a centralised portal called Smart Hub for local governments to submit a wide range of documentation, including the 2016 Compliance Audit Return. https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 03-2017 Local Government Compliance Audit Return now on Smart Hub7172017-01-10T14:49:00Z
Circular 02-2017 Budget Consideration in Rate Setting 2017-18Circular 02-2017 Budget Consideration in Rate Setting 2017-18Circular (Department)As local governments commence their annual budget setting process for the 2017-18 financial year it is an opportune time for a reminder about how the budget process influences rating models.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 02-2017 Budget Consideration in Rate Setting 2017-187162017-01-05T09:39:00Z
Circular 01-2017 Updated Valuation of Land Policy and Application FormsCircular 01-2017 Updated Valuation of Land Policy and Application FormsCircular (Department)https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Circular 01-2017 Updated Valuation of Land Policy and Application Forms7152017-01-01T07:45:00Z

Below are ministerial circulars:

 2018

 

 

Ministerial Circular 01-2018 - Suspension and Dismissal Amendment Bill 2018Ministerial Circular 01-2018 - Suspension and Dismissal Amendment Bill 2018Circular (Department)Today I introduced into Parliament the Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Bill 2018. https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Ministerial Circular 01-2018 - Suspension and Dismissal Amendment Bill 20187802018-03-14T10:59:00Z

 2017

 

 

Ministerial Circular 08-2017 Local Government Risk ProfileMinisterial Circular 08-2017 Local Government Risk ProfileCircular (Minister)I am aware of concerns raised within the local government sector about the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' Risk Profile and the way the Department has communicated with the sector with regard to the profile.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Ministerial Circular 08-2017 Local Government Risk Profile7662017-10-31T08:30:00Z
Ministerial Circular 07-2017 Amendment to Regional Subsidiaries RegulationsMinisterial Circular 07-2017 Amendment to Regional Subsidiaries RegulationsCircular (Department)https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Ministerial Circular 07-2017 Amendment to Regional Subsidiaries Regulations7642017-10-17T11:24:13Z
Ministerial Circular 06-2017 Regional Subsidiaries - Government Policy And GuidelinesMinisterial Circular 06-2017 Regional Subsidiaries - Government Policy And GuidelinesCircular (Minister)The policy sets out the basis on which I will make decisions to approve charters. These documents are available for viewing on the Regional Subsidiaries webpage.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Ministerial Circular 06-2017 Regional Subsidiaries - Government Policy And Guidelines7472017-08-18T09:36:00Z
Ministerial Circular 05-2017 MyCouncil Website Data UpdateMinisterial Circular 05-2017 MyCouncil Website Data UpdateCircular (Department)Local government 2015-16 financial data will be available on the MyCouncil comparative website from Thursday 1 June 2017. https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Ministerial Circular 05-2017 MyCouncil Website Data Update7292017-05-30T13:13:19Z
Ministerial Circular 04-2017 Regulation Amendment Changes to Fixed Term Deposit Investment PeriodMinisterial Circular 04-2017 Regulation Amendment Changes to Fixed Term Deposit Investment PeriodCircular (Department)Local governments can now invest in fixed term deposits of up to three years under section 19C(2)(b) of the Local Government (Financial Management) Amendment Regulations 2017.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Ministerial Circular 04-2017 Regulation Amendment Changes to Fixed Term Deposit Investment Period7272017-05-17T16:50:00Z
Ministerial Circular 03-2017 Country Local Government Fund - Youth Development Program 2016-17Ministerial Circular 03-2017 Country Local Government Fund - Youth Development Program 2016-17Circular (Department)Through the Country Local Government Fund ? Youth Development Program, 25 local governments are scholarship recipients and 12 local governments have funding for traineeship programs.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Ministerial Circular 03-2017 Country Local Government Fund - Youth Development Program 2016-177212017-01-24T09:48:00Z
Ministerial Circular 01-2017 Local Government (Regional Subsidiaries) Regulations 2017Ministerial Circular 01-2017 Local Government (Regional Subsidiaries) Regulations 2017Circular (Department)The Minister for Local Government is pleased to announce the introduction of the regional subsidiary model into Western Australia.https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Ministerial Circular 01-2017 Local Government (Regional Subsidiaries) Regulations 20177202017-01-20T16:22:00Z
Ministerial Circular 02-2017 Controlling Off-road Vehicles in Your CommunityMinisterial Circular 02-2017 Controlling Off-road Vehicles in Your CommunityCircular (Department)https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/resources/publications/Publications/Ministerial Circular 02-2017 Controlling Off-road Vehicles in Your Community7192017-01-20T16:03:00Z