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Phase 2 - Reform Directions

On 3 July 2019, the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Mark Shelton MP, released the Tasmanian Government’s Reform Directions Paper, outlining the proposed reforms to Tasmania’s local government legislation framework. This officially marked the start of Phase 2 of the Review.

The Reform Directions were informed by research, practices in other Australian jurisdictions, feedback and submissions from Phase 1, as well as discussions and advice from the Review Reference Group.

Submissions to the Reform Directions were open from 3 July to 30 September 2019. Submissions were sought in writing and through an online survey seeking the level of support against each Reform Direction.

Face-to-face consultation sessions were also held around the State throughout July to September 2019.

The level of engagement during Phase 2 is shown in the diagram below (click on the diagram to enlarge it).

Next Steps

Submissions and feedback received during Phase 2 will inform the Government’s decision on reforms. Draft legislation will be available for public consultation in mid-2020, prior to being introduced to Parliament. For more information on the Review's time frames, visit the Timeframes and Scope page.


Short fact sheets outlining the key issues raised in Phase 1 and the Reform Directions for each topic are available below. Fact sheets are included to address out-of-scope issues and other matters raised during Phase 1.