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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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Financial hardship provisions under the Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2022 to end

30 Jan 2023

LG Alert

A Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2022 (the Order) was made by the Minister for Local Government and published in the Government Gazette on 24 June 2022.
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Grant acquittal and other audit certification

25 Jan 2023

LG Alert

The Local Government Act 1995 and Local Government (Audit) Regulations 1996 provide for the Auditor General to conduct annual financial statement and performance audits of local governments.
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AASB Consultation

24 Jan 2023

LG Alert

Patricia Au, Senior Manager of the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) is inviting local government stakeholders to a virtual roundtable discussion.
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Tender opens for centralised cats and dogs registration system

24 Jan 2023
The State Government has today opened a Request for Tender for Western Australia's first centralised registration system for cats and dogs.
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DLGSC on the road: centralised registration system for cats and dogs

24 Jan 2023
Corinna Musgrave has to be one of the most travelled DLGSC staff members.
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Local government election transitions

24 Jan 2023
Nearly half of WA’s local governments will be impacted by proposed local government ward and representation electoral reforms, which are due to be introduced in Parliament early this year.

Audit report identifies cyber security issues

18 Jan 2023

LG Alert

Local governments to review and improve on system issues to protect against cyber threats in accordance with the Office of the Auditor General report – Information Systems Audit Report 2022 – Local Government Entities.

Compliance Audit Return 2022

16 Jan 2023

LG Alert

In accordance with regulation 14 of the Local Government (Audit) Regulations 1996, local governments are required to carry out a compliance audit return for the period of 1 January to 31 December of each year.
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Australian national flag to fly at half-mast – 5 January 2023

4 Jan 2023

LG Alert

Funeral Service for His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (1927 - 2022)
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LG Hotline unavailable 12 noon, 23 December 2022, resuming 3 January 2023

21 Dec 2022

LG Alert

The Local Government Advisory Hotline service provides local government officers and elected members with support and advice related to the Local Government Act 1995.
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Transition to State Industrial Relations System from 1 January 2023

20 Dec 2022

LG Alert

The Minister for Industrial Relations has announced that local government employers that currently operate in the national industrial relations system will transfer to the State industrial relations system on 1 January 2023.
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Safe and Together Community Grants Program — open for applications!

16 Dec 2022

LG Alert

Local governments are invited to apply for a grant under the Australian Government’s Safe and Together Community Grants Program.
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Former Director General appointed as Donnybrook-Balingup Shire Commissioner

14 Dec 2022
Local Government Minister John Carey has today announced the appointment of respected former senior public sector leader Gail McGowan as Commissioner of the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup.
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Requesting an alternative date for the King’s Birthday public holiday in 2023

30 Nov 2022

LG Alert

Local governments interested in having an alternative date declared for the King’s Birthday public holiday in their district can make a request to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

Ombudsman Webinar: Reportable Conduct Scheme

18 Nov 2022

LG Alert

The Ombudsman WA is overseeing implementation of the Reportable Conduct Scheme (the Scheme) as recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
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Australian National Flag at half-mast and observance of 1 minute of silence

9 Nov 2022

LG Alert

Remembrance Day, Friday 11 November 2022
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Local Government (Administration) Amendment Regulations 2022

9 Nov 2022

LG Alert

The State Government has introduced new provisions to enable Western Australian local governments to continue to conduct council meetings electronically.
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Provisions for electronic meetings in local governments

4 Nov 2022

LG Alert

On health advice, Western Australia’s State of Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic is set to end on 12.01am, the morning of Friday 4 November. WA’s strong health outcomes mean we are exceptionally well placed to move into the next stage of the pandemic.
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Emerging Leader of the Year announced at LG Pro WA Conference

3 Nov 2022
The winner of the Emerging Leader of the Year Award at the LG Professionals WA Annual State Conference has been announced as David Bentley, Coordinator of Governance and Strategy at the Town of Victoria Park.
Round 2 recipients announced for Perth CBD activation grants with an image of an evening night market

Round 2 recipients announced for Perth CBD activation grants

2 Nov 2022
The State Government’s investment in revitalising the Perth CBD and Northbridge continues with 18 eligible businesses, property owners and not-for-profits sharing in more than $1.2 million of funding from the Perth CBD Revitalisation Grant Program.
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MyCouncil website

2 Nov 2022

LG Alert

The MyCouncil website is a place for residents, ratepayers and the local government sector to view and compare information on how local governments are raising, spending and managing funds.

National Children’s Week and the DLGSC Child Safeguarding Unit

26 Oct 2022

LG Alert

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) recognised the important role that local governments play in developing community awareness about child safety.
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Shire of Meekathara Making a Difference for local young people

21 Oct 2022
The Shire of Meekatharra’s Youth Services, which provides dynamic programs for young people aged 8-18 in the State’s Mid West, has been named the winner of this year’s Making a Difference Award.
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Australian National Flag at half-mast

11 Oct 2022

LG Alert

Wednesday 12 October 2022, 20th anniversary of the Bali bombings.
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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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Round 1 CBD Revitalisation Grant Program recipients announced

21 Sep 2022
24 eligible businesses, property owners and not-for-profits have shared in $1.9 million of funding from the State Government's $4 million Perth CBD Revitalisation Grant Program.
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Australian National Flag at half-mast

16 Sep 2022

LG Alert

State Funeral Service, United Kingdom, Her Majesty the Queen.
Outback highway at sunny day, Western Australia

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

LG Alert

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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