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Want to make a difference? Consider running for your local council this September

Jun 1, 2021
Community members are called on to nominate as a candidate in the upcoming local government elections to be held on 16 October 2021.

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$120,000 funding available for local governments to identify and protect local heritage sites

28 Sep 2022
Local governments throughout Western Australia can now apply for a share of $120,000 in State Government funding to assess, review, and develop local frameworks that protect places of cultural heritage significance through their local planning schemes.
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Australian National Flag at half-mast

16 Sep 2022

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State Funeral Service, United Kingdom, Her Majesty the Queen.
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Local governments rewarded for using recycled construction and demolition waste

14 Sep 2022
Local governments will receive a financial incentive to use recycled construction and demolition waste in civil projects such as road construction, as part of a new $350,000 scheme.
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Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

9 Sep 2022

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Her Majesty the Queen
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State Government announces grants to promote volunteering

5 Sep 2022
To increase awareness and encourage the uptake of volunteering in Western Australia, the State Government today announced a $100,000 grants program to support volunteer service organisations.

Second round opens for $4 million CBD Revitalisation Grant Program

1 Sep 2022
Round 2 of the $4 million CBD Revitalisation Grant Program offering up to $100,000 in funding for eligible events is now open after a strong response to the first round which attracted 76 applicants.
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Flying of Flags: Australian National Flag Day

30 Aug 2022

LG Alert

Australian National Flag Day, celebrated on 3 September 2022, marks 121 years since the Australian National Flag was first officially flown in 1901 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, the site of Australia’s first Parliament.
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Guidance on managing customer complaints

26 Aug 2022

LG Alert

Effective complaint handling is fundamental to the provision of a quality service but responding to complainants can be complex, challenging, and does not always suit a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
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Local Government Financial Better Practice Review Program

25 Aug 2022

LG Alert

The Financial Better Practice Review Program is a new DLGSC initiative to strengthen the local government sector.
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Be prepared for absent votes

22 Aug 2022

LG Alert

There are a high number of Extraordinary Elections scheduled for various local council vacancies in the coming months and all local governments need to be prepared to issue absent votes.
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Guide to managing fraud and corruption risks

10 Aug 2022

LG Alert

All organisations, public and private, face the risk of fraud. Local governments can benefit from a better understanding of their specific fraud risks and taking a coordinated approach to managing them.
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Audit report identifies cyber security issues

29 Jul 2022

LG Alert

An Office of the Auditor General report into IT systems has highlighted the need for all local governments to continuously review and improve their practices to protect against cyber threats.
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State Government delivers on $2.6m all-abilities play space election commitment

25 Jul 2022
The State Government has swung into action on its $2.6 million election commitment for an all-abilities play space in the City of Wanneroo in Perth’s north.
Applications open for Perth city centre events grant program

$4 million worth of Perth and Northbridge event grants available

8 Jul 2022
Businesses, not-for-profits and property owners with ideas for vibrant events to revitalise Perth CBD can now apply for a share of $4 million in State Government funding with grants of up to $100,000 available per applicant.
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Key milestone in industrial relations reform for local governments

7 Jul 2022

LG Alert

Local governments are advised that important changes under the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (IRLA Act) commenced on 20 June 2022.
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Package of local government reforms finalised

6 Jul 2022

LG Alert

The State Government has announced the final package of reforms to the Local Government Act 1995, following a review of public submissions.
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Open for business

4 Jul 2022
Activating Alfresco aids COVID recovery.
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Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2022

30 Jun 2022

LG Alert

The Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 enables the Minister for Local Government to make an order that modifies or suspends provisions of the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) and Regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Flying of flags: NAIDOC Week 2022

29 Jun 2022

LG Alert

3 to 10 July 2022
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Local Government Asset Revaluations

27 Jun 2022

LG Alert

With 30 June fast approaching, some local governments need to make sure they have their asset revaluations ready for audit.
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Financial Health Indicator

23 Jun 2022

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is reviewing the Financial Health Indicator, which is available on the MyCouncil website.

New CEO for Metropolitan Cemetery Board

20 Jun 2022
Local Government Minister John Carey has announced the appointment of Kathlene Oliver to the role of Metropolitan Cemetery Board CEO, replacing Acting CEO Joe Fortuna.

Spotlight on Rosemary Madacsi, Shire of Toodyay President

20 Jun 2022
Shire of Toodyay President Rosemary Madacsi talks about her experience on council and what can be done to encourage more women to nominate for local government.

Compliance framework update

20 Jun 2022
An updated compliance framework for local government will be developed after DLGSC engaged external provider Nous Group to carry out this important work.
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Local Government Regulations Amendment (Financial Management and Audit) Regulations 2022

17 Jun 2022

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (the department) is working with local government stakeholders towards the introduction of Model Financial Statements for the 2022-23 financial year.
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Local Governments Financial Audit Preparedness 2021-22

15 Jun 2022

LG Alert

With the start of the new financial year, WA local governments should ensure that they are in a position to allow the preparation of their financial statements and financial audits run as smoothly as possible.
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2022-23 Budget and proposed regulatory changes

13 Jun 2022

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is working with local government stakeholders towards the introduction of Model Financial Statements for 2022-23 financial year.
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Flying of flags: National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

24 May 2022

LG Alert

Flying the Indigenous Flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week recognises the significance of these events for all Australians and is a sign of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.
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Differential general rates and minimum payments

20 May 2022

LG Alert

Western Australia’s local governments are required to advertise their rates from 1 May.
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Open by Design principles free webinar

18 May 2022

LG Alert

The Office of the Information Commissioner is launching a series of new publications about Open by Design principles.
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Perth Cultural Centre Masterplan released

15 May 2022
The State Government has allocated an additional $15 million in funding to deliver an expanded redevelopment of the Perth Cultural Centre (PCC).
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South Freo patisserie first to receive grant in $5 million COVID-19 Activating Alfresco program

4 May 2022
The first rebate in the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Activating Alfresco Rebate Program has been made to a local patisserie in South Fremantle.
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COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor

27 Apr 2022
March 2022 results out now.
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Event Grants Program

27 Apr 2022
The State Government has announced a new $4 million event grants program towards events and activities to revitalise the CBD and Northbridge.
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Flying of flags: ANZAC Day

20 Apr 2022

LG Alert

Anzac Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, particularly for our serving military personnel and returned veterans.
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