Western Australia's outdated local government laws are under review to ensure WA communities benefit from efficient and effective councils now and into the future.
This is the first major review since the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) was introduced more than 20 years ago.
The review will propose changes to modernise the Act and identify ways to reduce red tape. It will be conducted in two phases.
The first phase is underway and focuses on three key areas: participation in local government elections, electronic availability of information and gift disclosures.
Local governments, residents, business people and workers will be invited to actively participate when a discussion paper is released in September 2017.
Commencing in 2018, phase two will ensure local governments are positioned to deliver for the community through 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 WA, Western Australian Electoral Commission, Western Australian Council of Social Service and Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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