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Lodgement of draft financial statements with your auditor by 30 September 2020

Sep 18, 2020
Local governments may be aware that the department is currently consulting with the sector on proposed amendments to the Financial Management Regulations that could affect 2019-20 financial statements.

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Local government 2020 Compliance Audit Return

Dec 2, 2020

LG Alert

Local governments’ 2020 Compliance Audit Return will soon be available via the department’s Smart Hub online portal.
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Keeping contact registers from 5 December 2020

Dec 1, 2020

LG Alert

With COVID-19 contact registers becoming mandatory for many WA local businesses and venues from 5 December, local governments should already be aware of the State Government’s SafeWA app.
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Mandatory contact registers in WA

Nov 25, 2020

LG Alert

The State Government has announced that mandatory contact registers at relevant businesses and venues will be introduced from 5 December 2020.
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Authority for funeral directors to collect and store human ashes after cremation

Nov 23, 2020

Departmental Circular 14 2020

Duties and powers of funeral directors in relation to the collection, storage, disposal or the return of unclaimed ashes to the cemetery.
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CEO profile: Rhonda Hardy

Nov 20, 2020
Rhonda Hardy has been Chief Executive Officer of the City of Kalamunda since 2013. She has more than 30 years’ State and local government experience, with 20 years in senior management.
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Spotlight on Shire of Murray with CEO Dean Unsworth

Nov 20, 2020
Murray is the ancestral home of the Bindjareb people, and one of the first areas of European settlement in Western Australia, dating back to 1834 when the district was founded.
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Report of the Inquiry into the Town of Cambridge handed down

Nov 18, 2020
The report of the Inquiry into the Town of Cambridge has been tabled in the Western Australian Parliament.
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Local Government Regulations Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2020

Nov 6, 2020

Departmental Circular 13 2020

The Local Government Regulations Amendment Regulations (No.2) 2020 (previously named the Local Government Regulations Amendments (Consequential) Regulations 2020) have been published in the Government Gazette today (6 November 2020).
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Local Government (Model Code of Conduct) Regulations 2020 - consultation

Nov 2, 2020

LG Alert

On 27 June 2019, the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was passed in Parliament. The Act includes a requirement for the introduction of a mandatory code of conduct for council members, committee members and candidates.
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Draft CEO Standards regulations consultation – deadline extended

Nov 2, 2020

LG Alert

The deadline for comment on the draft copy of regulations that will introduce mandatory minimum standards covering the recruitment, selection, performance review and early termination of local government CEOs (CEO Standards) has been extended.
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Private ATO ruling applying to regional local governments

Oct 30, 2020

LG Alert

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has recently made a private ruling, confirming that the fee for a Grant of Right of Burial and a renewal of a Grant of Right of Burial is exempt from GST.
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Alternative Queen's Birthday Public Holiday Dates 2021

Oct 21, 2020

Departmental Circular 12 2020

The Governor has declared that the Celebration Day for the Anniversary of the Birthday of the Reigning Sovereign (Queen's Birthday public holiday) will be observed in 2021 on Monday 27 September.
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