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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Legislative compliance

Good governance is law-abiding. This means that the decisions and conduct of councillors and councils must be consistent with relevant legislation or common law, and within the powers of local government.

In Tasmania, the key legislation that local government elected members and council officers must comply with is the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act). The Act is designed to give councils the general power of competence. As a result, councils are generally free to do anything they believe will benefit communities, as long as it in is line with the law. At the same time, however, it provides a framework for good governance by setting specific requirements.

Besides the Act, there are numerous Acts of Parliament (State and Commonwealth) that councils are required to comply with. These include, but are not limited to:

Legislative compliance is a key component of good governance. However, it is important to remember that good governance goes beyond acting in line with the requirements of the Act and other relevant Acts of Parliament. As such, you must have the capacity to make good judgements about the way you behave.