Legislation strengthening the ability of local governments to deliver shared services to their communities has passed the Legislative Assembly.
The Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill introduces a new model which will enable two or more local governments to form a subsidiary body, in order to deliver a joint service or activity.
By creating a model for a legal entity which will have fewer compliance obligations than current arrangements, local governments will be able to deliver services more efficiently and at a lower cost, reducing red tape.
The new model may be used as a mechanism to collaborate on activities such as management of information technology, regional tourism or back office services.
The Bill also makes a number of improvements to the operation of the Local Government Standards Panel, including the ability to dismiss frivolous complaints, increasing the operational efficiency of the standards panel.
Other key changes include:
- more clarity to underpin determinations of the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal on payments to local government elected members
- reducing red tape by streamlining the process for local laws.
The regional subsidiary will be governed by a charter to be approved by the Minister. The governing body could include elected members and other people with relevant expertise or experience.