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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Director of Local Government

The Director of Local Government is an independent statutory officer under the Local Government Act 1993. The role of the Director of Local Government, as defined by the Act, is to:

  • undertake the general administration of the Act subject to Ministerial direction;
  • undertake any other function the Minister may determine; and
  • do anything necessary or convenient to perform any function under the Act or any other Act.

The Director also has roles under the Dog Control Act 2000, Burial and Cremation Act 2002 and the Local Government (Highways) Act 1982.

The Director is responsible for dealing with complaints made under the Act. Anyone, including elected members, council officers, general managers, and members of the public, can make a complaint to the Director, under section 339E of the Act, about a failure to comply with provision contained within the Act or a possible offence under the Act. The Director may also investigate where no complaint has been received. If there is enough proof, a matter may be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions for prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court.

Section 335 of the Local Government Act outlines the role of the Director of Local Government.

For further information refer to the Director of Local Government and Local Government Division information sheet.