Agile, smart, inclusive. Review to transform WA local government

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

  • Election commitment honoured with commencement of Local Government Act review
  • Review to reduce red tape, modernise local governments and deliver for communities
  • Election participation, online reporting and gift disclosures first to be targeted

A major review of Western Australia’s outdated Local Government Act is under way, with community participation in elections, online reporting and gift disclosures first to be targeted.

The shake up of the Local Government Act 1995 is a McGowan Government election commitment, which will modernise local government operations and identify ways to reduce red tape.

Local governments, residents, business people and workers will be invited to participate when a discussion paper is released by the State Government later this year.

A second phase of the review, set to take place next year, will look at increasing community participation in local government decision-making, improving behaviour and relationships, enabling local government enterprises and improving financial management.

The review will be supported by a reference group with representation from the Western Australian Local Government Association, Local Government Professionals Australia WA, Western Australian Electoral Commission, Western Australian Council of Social Service and Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:

“The 1995 Act provides for the system of local government in Western Australia, but it has not kept up with changes in technology or, more importantly, with community expectations.

“WA communities expect their local governments to be both efficient and effective, and strengthen and support local democracy.  This review, which is the first major review since the Act was introduced more than 20 years ago, will make local government more agile, smart and inclusive.

“It will provide a contemporary legislative framework to enable local governments to deliver quality services and good governance for all of WA’s communities.”

Minister’s office – 6552 5400

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