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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Local Government Board

Background

The Board is a statutory body established under the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act).

The Act provides that the role of the Board is:

  • to conduct reviews of councils or reviews that concentrate on a specific topic or topics at the request of the Minister for Local Government;
  • to carry out reviews of single and joint authorities; and 
  • to provided general advice to the Minister at his or her request.

Under Section 210(2) of the Act, the Board consists of:

  • the chairperson;
  • one person nominated by the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT);
  • one person nominated by the Local Government Managers Australia (Tasmania) (LGMA);
  • the Director of Local Government or his or her nominee.

Under Section 210(5A), the Minister may appoint one or two additional persons to be members for the purposes of a particular review.

Further details of the current Board are available on the Board Members page.

In 2011, amendments to the Act commenced, aiming to make the Board more strategic and expertise-based rather than focusing on reviewing individual councils on a regular rotational basis.

Board reviews in 2012 and 2013

2012 review of councillor numbers

In early July 2012 the Board provided the Minister for Local Government with its recommendations and report, Review of Councillor Numbers 2012, and in October 2012, the Minister accepted the recommendations of the Board.

2013 review of councillor numbers

The Board finalised its review of councillor numbers for Brighton, Derwent Valley, Dorset, Launceston City, Southern Midlands and Waratah-Wynyard Councils and submitted its report, Review of Councillor Numbers 2013, with recommendations to the Minister for Local Government for consideration.

More details about both councilor numbers reviews is provided for your information.