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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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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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Proposed reform to regulation 9 disallowed

Nov 13, 2020

LG Alert

Despite proposed reform to the Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations (regulation 9) being disallowed by the Legislative Council on 11 November, the provisions of the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) remain unchanged.
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Amendments to Regulations applying to local governments’ 2019-20 audited financial statements

Nov 9, 2020

LG Alert

The Local Government (Financial Management) Amendment Regulations 2020 have been published in the Government Gazette (6 November 2020).
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Restrictions eased for local government electors’ meetings

Nov 4, 2020

LG Alert

COVID-19 restrictions are being eased for local government electors’ meetings from today.
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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.

Proposed amendments to Local Government Financial Management Regulations

Oct 27, 2020

LG Alert

The proposed amendments to the Local Government Financial Management Regulations for valuation of assets from 2019-20 onwards are expected to be considered at the Executive Council Meeting of 3 November 2020.
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Lodgement of draft financial statements with your auditor by 30 September 2020

Sep 18, 2020

LG Alert

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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Report reveals roadmap to local government reform

Aug 4, 2020

LG Alert

Local Government Minister David Templeman today released an expert report which outlines recommendations to guide the development of a new Local Government Act for WA.
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Register to participate - WATC Local Government Authority Sustainability Model

Jul 9, 2020

LG Alert

Local governments (LGs) are invited to register to participate in the Western Australian Treasury Corporation (WATC) Local Government Authority Sustainability Model.
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Payment methods

Jul 2, 2020

LG Alert

Amendments have been made to the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Regulations 1997, the Cat Regulations 2012, and the Dog Regulations 2013.
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