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The draft Local Government Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2018 (the Amendment Bill) and the draft Local Government (Model Code of Conduct) Amendment Order 2018 (the Amendment Order) seek to implement the Government’s agreed changes to the Code of Conduct framework, as outlined in the Tasmanian Government’s Response to the Review of the Local Government Code of Conduct.
The Amendment Bill and Amendment Order have been drafted in response to feedback from the local government sector, and are available to download:
A detailed explanation of the proposed amendments is outlined in the table:
The Amendment Bill also proposes a range of miscellaneous amendments to address identified drafting deficiencies in the Act. Miscellaneous amendments fall into one of the following categories:
It is the Government’s intention to introduce the final Amendment Bill into the Parliament during the Spring Session, to enable Royal Assent by the end of 2018. Changes to the Model Code and agreed administrative improvements to the Code of Conduct complaints handling process do not require Parliamentary approval, and can be implemented immediately following consultation.
These proposed amendments are distinct from and entirely separate to the major Review of Tasmania’s local government legislation, announced by the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Peter Gutwein MP on 26 June 2018. That Review will deliver, in consultation with the sector, stakeholders and the community a contemporary, best-practice legislative framework, and is expected to take approximately two years.
Submissions on the draft Local Government Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2018 and the draft Local Government (Model Code of Conduct) Amendment Order 2018 are to be made in writing. Submissions are to be provided either by email email@example.com or by post to:
Local Government Division
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 123
HOBART TAS 7001
All submissions must be received by close of business on Tuesday 25 September 2018.
All submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on Department of Premier and Cabinet's (DPAC) website once consideration of the submissions has concluded. However, if you wish your submission to be treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please note this in writing at the time of making your submission, and clearly indicate which parts of your submission are confidential, and advise the reasons as to why.
Please note that your name, or the name of your organisation making a submission, will be disclosed unless you request otherwise. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), DPAC will treat the submission as public.
By law, information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI).
If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons will be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure.
For more information about the consultation on the draft Amendment Bill and Amendment Order, please contact the Local Government Division by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on (03) 6232 7022.