Financial policy and accounting

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) provides financial policy and accounting support to the local government sector.

On this page

The department offers local governments:

  • on-going support to build financial reporting and financial management information capability
  • information on upcoming Annual Local Government Finance Forums or webinars on accounting and regulatory changes and advice on topical financial reporting and budgetary matters
  • relevant, timely and reliable financial information via LG Alerts/circulars, to assist in their effective management of financial compliance
  • on-going updates to proposed Model Financial Statements (MFS) and related guidelines
  • information on Financial Better Practice Reviews.

Introduction to local government accounting

The Introduction to Local Government Accounting is a guide to assist new starters with accounting principles specific to Western Australian local government:

Budget and budget review 

Below is guidance to assist local governments in preparing budgets and notes in accordance with applicable authoritative requirements.

Financial reporting

The department is preparing the local government Model Financial Statements (MFS) with guidelines for implementation in 2022-23. Drafts will be published on this page in 2023.

Accounting guidelines and circulars

The following technical accounting guidelines will assist local governments to ensure they are complying with AAS, the Local Government Act 1995 and associated regulations: 


The department's Financial Policy and Accounting Support team is available to answer your questions.

For local government general accounting enquiries email

For differential rates and minimum payment queries email

Please note, these contact details are for local government use only.

For enquiries not specific to accounting, please contact the Local Government Advisory Line on 1300 762 511 or



Although every care has been taken in the production of these documents, neither the Crown in the right of the State of Western Australia nor any servant or agent of the Crown accepts responsibility for any loss or damage suffered at any time by any person as a result of any error, omission or inaccuracy in the publication whether or not the error, omission or inaccuracy has resulted from negligence or any other cause.

Page reviewed 27 February 2023