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The Local Government (General) Regulations 2015

The  Local Government (General) Regulations 2015 took effect on 29 June 2015.

The Regulations amend and remake the Local Government (General) Regulations 2005 which make provision in relation to:

(a)   electoral advertising and elections by councillors of mayors and deputy mayors; and

(b)  the hearing and determination of election disputes and certain procedures relating to determining elections; and

(c)   codes of conduct for councillors and procedures relating to the hearing by a Code of Conduct Panel and a Standards Panel of complaints and appeals; and

(d)  tendering and contracting; and

(e)  allowances and expenses of councillors; and

(f)    other miscellaneous matters under the Act.

The new Regulations make changes to the provisions for tenders and contracts, expenses for elected members, council land information certificates (section 337) and related questions and miscellaneous matters.

The most substantial changes are to the Council Land Information Certificate (s337) Questions and important notes prescribed in Schedule 6 of the Regulations to:

  • increase understanding by potential purchasers of potential issues with implications for the relevant property;
  • clarify the extent of a council's responsibilities for these issues; and
  • provide information to potential purchasers about the relevant body with the capacity to provide further information about the relevant property.

The Regulations do not make changes to the provisions of Part Two (Elections) or Part 5 (Code of Conduct) as:

  • The Code of Conduct provisions are likely to be superseded by the introduction of the new code of conduct framework under proposed changes to the Local Government Act 1993.
  • The local government election issues of disclosure of campaign donations and electoral advertising via the internet will be considered as part of a future review of the electoral provisions of the Act.

Consultation with stakeholders and the public supported mainly minor amendments to the 2005 regulations. The Local Government Association of Tasmania coordinated the local government consultation response and was consulted closely on the detail of the amendments.

Information about the key changes made in the Regulations can be found in the  information sheet,  Local Government (General) Regulations 2015

Related information can also be found in the information sheets, Tendering and Contracting and CouncillorAllowances.

Queries in relation to the Regulations can be directed to Ms Rachel Nielsen, Policy Analyst in the Local Government Division either by telephone on (03) 6232 7022 or by email to