In 2017 the State Government announced a review of the Local Government Act 1995.
In 2017 the State Government announced a review of the Local Government Act 1995. This is the most significant and comprehensive reform of local government legislation conducted in more than
two decades. The objective is for Western Australia to have a new, modern Act that empowers local governments to better deliver for the community. Our vision is for local governments to be agile, smart and inclusive.
Find out about the review of the Local Government Act 1995 review and how it is being conducted.
Our timeline will let you know where we are at in the process, and what is still to come.
Find out what a review of the Local Government Act aims to achieve.
Consultation on the review of the Local Government Act 1995 is being undertaken in a staged approach.
Find out about what you can have your say on now.
What was considered in stage one of the review, and what the outcomes of consultation were.
Stage two of the review considered the reform of specific areas of local government.
As a result of the review into the Local Government Act 1995, changes to the Act have already been made. Find out about the changes and when they come into effect.
Currently, the Local Government Act 1995 establishes the system of local government in Western Australia. It covers a wide range of features of local government and describes:
In 2017, the McGowan Government announced a review of the Local Government Act. The review is being undertaken by the department.
The intention of the review is to identify areas of reform that either:
Given the breadth of matters covered by the Local Government Act, a staged approach to the review has been adopted:
The following process has been undertaken in both stage one and stage two of the review:
In 2017, the department formed a reference group of key industry stakeholders to provide feedback and advice on:
The Reference Group met throughout the process to provide invaluable insights and guidance. It completed its role in October 2019.
It is intended that a new Local Government Act will be drafted to incorporate reforms identified in the review.
Work on a new Local Government Act is being undertaken by the department.
Following the extensive consultation, the process for developing a new Local Government Act is as follows:
In November 2019 a panel of experts was formed to progress the development of a new Local Government Act for Western Australia.
The Local Government Review Panel was established to consider and recommend high-level direction and guiding principles for the new Act.
The panel met from November 2019 to May 2020 and looked at best practice models in Australia and overseas as well as the recent consultation on WA’s Local Government Act 1995.
Sector consultation took place in December 2020, covering regulations to introduce mandatory minimum standards covering the recruitment, selection, performance review and early termination of local government Chief Executive Officers (CEO Standards).
The department also sought feedback on a mandatory code of conduct for council members, committee members and candidates, and an employee code of conduct.
The regulations were gazetted and took effect on Wednesday, 3 February 2021.
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