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Make your voice heard by becoming a local government councillor

Aug 9, 2023
Members of the Western Australian community are being urged to consider nominating for the upcoming local government elections to be able to influence the decisions being made that potentially impact the lives of thousands of residents.

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Consultation paper proposes simplified local government meeting processes

Media release

Local Government Minister Hannah Beazley encouraged local government council members, staff, stakeholders and community members to provide their feedback on proposals to standardise council meeting rules as she opened a 3-month consultation today.
Local Government Act changes

Local government reform webinar 8

LG Alert

Please join us for our first local government reform webinar for this year.

Learn how you can build a more integrated, welcoming community through free placemaking training!

We’ve engaged the Town Team Movement to offer free, online placemaking training to all local government staff and elected officials until 30 June 2024.
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Feedback on 2022-23 model financial statements

LG Alert

Local government financial and accounting officers are invited to provide feedback on the model financial statements and guidance material we provided for 2022-23.
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Local government guidance: undertaking your next prescribed budget review

LG Alert

Regulation 33A of the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations now requires local governments to undertake a review of their 2023-24 annual budget no earlier than 31 December 2023 and no later than 29 February 2024.
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Council member mandatory training requirements

LG Alert

Local governments must organise for new council members to undertake mandatory training.

Stop Puppy Farming — consultation closing soon

LG Alert

Local governments, community members, animal rehoming services, vet practices and other stakeholders are encouraged to have their say on proposed new Dog and Cat Regulations before public consultation closes on 5pm 20 November 2023.
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Cemeteries Act and Cremations Act Review

The public, community groups, industry and government bodies are invited to comment on a discussion paper released as part of a review of the Cemeteries Act 1976 and the Cremation Act 1929 (the Review), now available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ website.
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Flying of flags: Remembrance Day

LG Alert

Remembrance Day is a day of special significance, commemorating the loss of Australian lives in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.
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Alternative King's Birthday Public Holiday Date 2024

LG Alert

The Governor has declared that the Celebration Day for the Anniversary of the Birthday of the Reigning Sovereign (King’s Birthday public holiday) will be observed in 2024 on Monday 23 September.
Local Government Act changes

Local government reform webinar 7

LG Alert

Please join us for our monthly reform webinar.
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Flying of flags: State funeral for Hon. William (Bill) George Hayden

LG Alert

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable William (Bill) George Hayden AC will take place at 9.00 am AWST on Friday 3 November 2023 at St Mary’s Church, Elizabeth Street, Ipswich, Queensland.

Preparing for your new council’s first meeting

LG Alert

Local governments will need to prepare for their first Council meeting post election.
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Last chance to vote in the 2023 local government elections

This Saturday, 21 October is election day for local governments across Western Australia.
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Guidance on reporting credit card and purchasing card transactions

LG Alert

From 1 September 2023, local governments are required to disclose information about each transaction made on a credit card, debit card or other purchasing cards.
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Third set of local government regulation amendments

LG Alert

The State Government has brought in the next set of local government regulation amendments with the Local Government Regulation Amendment Regulations (No. 3) 2023.


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