Skip to Content
Department of Premier and Cabinet

Targeted review of the Local Government Act 1993

Discussion paper released – tell us what you think about the Local Government Act!

The Minister for Planning and Local Government, Hon Peter Gutwein MP, has released the discussion paper for the targeted review of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act).

The discussion paper outlines a range of ideas on how the Act can be improved to help ensure good governance and the Minister is seeking feedback on these ideas from local government and members of the community.

The following matters are being considered as part of the review and are addressed in the discussion paper:

  • the functions of mayors, deputy mayors and elected members;
  • the appointment, functions and powers of the general manager;
  • financial management and reporting;
  • the functions and powers of the Director of Local Government;
  • the functions, powers and procedures of the Local Government Board;
  • the functions, powers and procedures of a Board of Inquiry;
  • local government elections – electoral rolls, funding and advertising;
  • the recognition, structure and role of regional bodies; and
  • the reduction of unnecessary administrative requirements.

While Local Government will play a significant role in the review, all interested parties, including community groups and members of the public, are encouraged to participate in the review process.

Opportunities to provide feedback close on 10 June 2016.

Papers

The discussion paper for the targeted review can be accessed by clicking here.

Additional papers referred to in the discussion paper can be accessed below: 

How can I provide feedback?

Have your say your way:

For enquiries please contact the Local Government Division on 03 6232 7022.

Background

The Local Government Division is overseeing a targeted review of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act), at the request of the Minister for Planning and Local Government, Hon Peter Gutwein MP.

The Minister originally announced the review at the Local Government Association of Tasmania’s annual conference in July 2015.

He committed the Government to finalising the Terms of Reference by the end of the year. The Premier’s Local Government Council endorsed the final Terms of Reference in December 2015.  The Terms of Reference for the targeted review can be accessed by clicking here.

The targeted review of the Act is aimed at improving governance arrangements within our councils and is timely given current community concern over how some councils are managing their affairs. The review will ensure the legislative framework for local government is effective and efficient.

A Steering Committee has been established, chaired by Department of Premier and Cabinet Deputy Secretary Rebekah Burton and including representatives from the Department’s Local Government Division, the Local Government Association of Tasmania and the Local Government Professionals Australia (Tasmania).

It is expected any necessary amendments to the Act as a result of the review will be introduced to Parliament by May 2017.