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Local Government Legislation Review

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Review of Tasmania’s Local Government Legislation Framework

The Tasmanian Government is conducting a major review of Tasmania’s Local Government Legislation Framework.

The Review was announced in June 2018 and will involve extensive consultation with the local government sector, the community and affected stakeholders.  Further information, including on the scope of the Review, can be found from the About the Review page.

Phase 2 - Reform Directions Paper Released

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. The Minister’s full speech is available to view here.

The proposed Reform Directions have been 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.

A multiple-choice survey has been developed to rate the level of support for each Reform Direction in Parts A-F of the Paper. If you would like to rate reforms in multiple parts of the Paper, please take the full survey.

Individual Survey Sections

If you would like to rate reforms in one section only, please select the appropriate survey link from the list of individual surveys below.

Part A: A flexible, innovative and future-focused legislative framework Take Survey
Part B: Representative and Democratic Councils Take Survey
Part C: Councils Connected to their Communities Take Survey
Part D: Responsible and and Effective Councils Take Survey
Part E: Adaptable Councils Take Survey
Part F: Strategic Reviews Take Survey

The survey can also be downloaded and submitted by email or post.

Fact Sheets

Short fact sheets outlining the key issues raised 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.


Submissions are invited on the proposed Reforms Directions and can be provided as follows:

  • Completing the online survey or the downloadable version provided above; or
  • Providing a written submission by email to or by post to:

Local Government Legislation Review
GPO Box 123

Submissions will close at 5.00pm on 30 September 2019.

Consultation Sessions

Consultation sessions for the proposed Reform Directions took place in Ulverstone, Devonport, Wynyard, Launceston, Bicheno, Hobart and Oatlands over a period of four weeks. Sessions were held for elected members, local government staff and the public and provided an opportunity to hear about the feedback received during the consultation process in Phase 1 of the Review, and provide feedback on the Reform Directions proposed to address the issues raised.

If you were unable to attend a session and would like information about the Review, please contact the Project Team.

News and updates

The latest Local Government Review Newsletter is available to download.

If you would like to receive news and updates directly about the progress of the Review, you can subscribe to our mailing list by entering your email address below.

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Review project team contact information

For more information about the Review, please contact the Project Team by phone (03) 6232 7643, by email at or write to us at:

Local Government Legislation Review
Local Government Division
GPO Box 123