Integrated planning and reporting

Local Government Act Review

As part of the State Government’s reform agenda, a new Local Government Act will be drafted.

Our vision is for the local government sector to be agile, smart and inclusive.

Our objective is to transform local governments so that they are better able to deliver for the future in alignment with their communities’ vision and priorities.

The current system

  • Local governments are required to prepare: A Strategic Community Plan, a ten-year plan informed by community aspirations; and 
  • a Corporate Business Plan, which identifies and mobilises resources to deliver community priorities identified in the Strategic Community Plan.


The department undertook consultation on the topic of integrated planning and reporting during stage two of the Local Government Act review consultation.

Integrated Planning and Reporting discussion paper

The following sections outline what was heard during consultation and how feedback will inform a new Local Government Act.

What you’ve told us

  • The importance of community engagement to inform strategic planning.
  • Support for legislative requirements for councils to adopt community engagement policies.
  • Support for high-level legislative requirements to assist local government strategic planning and allow sufficient flexibility across different sized local governments.
  • Support for the standardisation of performance measures across local governments.

Ideas for change

  • A requirement for local governments to publish measures of success.
  • Standardisation of performance measures across local governments.


A summary paper which outlines what we heard from the consultation is now available. The contribution of community members, local governments and others who have supported the process to date will provide valuable input to the Local Government Review Panel and help transform local government in Western Australia.

A new Local Government Act for Western Australia: inclusive

Local Government Act Review Overview: inclusive

In 2017 the State Government announced a review of the Local Government Act 1995 — the first significant review since the Act was introduced more than two decades ago.

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