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Targeted review of the Local Government Act 1993

The Minister for Planning and Local Government, Hon Peter Gutwein MP, released the Targeted review of the Local Government Act Discussion Paper for consultation in April 2016.

The Discussion Paper outlined a range of ideas on how the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act) can be improved to help ensure good governance and the Minister sought feedback on these ideas from local government and members of the community.

The following matters are being considered as part of the review and were 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, were encouraged to participate in the review process.

Opportunities to provide feedback on the Discussion Paper closed on 10 June 2016. Thank you to all those who provided feedback. These responses are now being considered by the Steering Committee.

Papers

The Discussion Paper for the targeted review of the Local Government Act 1993 is provided for your information.

Additional papers referred to in the discussion paper are also provided for your information: 

Further enquiries

For further enquiries about the review, please contact the Local Government Division on 03 6232 7022 or email lgd@dpac.tas.gov.au.

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.

The Minister 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 are provided for your information.

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's Deputy Secretary  and includies 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.