Stage one

The first stage of the review of the Local Government Act involved identifying areas of reform that needed to be addressed as a priority.

Areas of reform

The areas of reform identified in the first stage of the Local Government Act review included: 

The department released a consultation paper on the stage one priority reforms on 8 November 2017. 

Local Government Act Review Consultation Paper Stage One

Following the release of the paper, the department held local government and community workshops in locations across Western Australia.

The purpose of the workshops was three-fold:

  • to inform participants about the review;
  • to hear the views of participants; and
  • to encourage participants to make a formal submission.

Consultation on stage one of the Local Government Act review closed on 9 March 2018. 

Local Government Workshops 

Workshops with local governments were held in 14 locations across Western Australia. Venues were selected based on invitations by local governments, availability of suitable venues, alignment with WALGA zone meetings to maximise participation, and the extent that the locations allowed the greatest coverage across Western Australia. 

Almost 400 Mayors, Shire Presidents, Councillors, Chief Executive Officers and local government employees participated.  

 RegionDate  Local Government Location 
 Pilbara 13 November 2017  Karratha
 Metropolitan Perth - North  15 November 2017 Wanneroo 
 Kimberley  17 November 2017  Broome
 Great Southern 21 November 2017  Albany 
 Wheatbelt 23 November 2017  Toodyay
 Metropolitan Perth - South  27 November 2017 Cockburn 
 Metropolitan Perth - East 28 November 2017  Swan 
 Wheatbelt 29 November 2017 Merredin 
 Wheatbelt 30 November 2017  Narrogin
 Goldfields 30 November 2017   Kalgoorlie
 Peel 4 December 2017  Mandurah 
 South West  5 December 2017  Busselton 
 Mid West  7 December 2017  Geraldton 
 Metropolitan Perth - North West   11 December 2017  Stirling 


Consultation to date

What we heard

On 1 August 2018 the State Government announced its policy positions on the priority reforms to be progressed following the four month consultation period with the community and local government ​sector.

Outcomes — Act amendments

On 27 June 2019, the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was passed by Parliament. 

The Act addresses the following key areas: 

  • Elected member training
  • The treatment of gifts
  • A new code of conduct
  • Changes to the Standards Panel
  • Best practice standards for CEO recruitment, performance review and early termination
  • Greater transparency as more information is made more easily accessible online

The reforms that commenced immediately included: 

  • The introduction of universal training for candidates and council members
  • The greater access to information held by a local government

Reforms that took effect in October 2019 were:

  • A new framework for the treatment of gifts

Reforms expected to commence in early 2020 include:

  • Changes to public notice requirements
  • Simplification of appointment of authorised officers

Further work is being undertaken on the following reforms:

  • A new code of conduct
  • Best practice standards for CEO recruitment, performance review and early termination. 

FAQs about the Act amendments 

Circulars

More information on the Act amendments:

 

Submissions

The public submission period on phase one closed on 9 March 2018. More than 240 submissions were received.

The department acknowledges those who have provided submissions to the review.

Page reviewed 15 January 2020