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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 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 in line with increasing community expectations for transparency and accountability. The review will ensure the legislative framework for local government is effective and efficient.
A Steering Committee was established, chaired by Department of Premier and Cabinet's Deputy Secretary and included the Director of the Local Government Division, representatives from the Department’s Local Government Division, the Local Government Association of Tasmania and the Local Government Professionals Australia (Tasmania).
In April 2016 the Minister for Planning and Local Government, Hon Peter Gutwein MP, released the Targeted review of the Local Government Act Discussion Paper for consultation. The Discussion Paper outlined a range of ideas on how 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:
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.
The Steering Committee prepared a summary of the consultation feedback that was received in June 2016.
The Consultation Feedback Report for the targeted review of the Local Government Act 1993 is available for you to download.
The Steering Committee considered the consultation feedback and provided a suite of recommendations to the Minister in late-September 2016.
The Minister considered the recommendations of the Steering Committee and endorsed the majority of the recommendations to be included in a draft amendment Bill. In December 2016, the Government approved a draft amendment Bill to be made in early 2017.
A version of the draft Local Government (Targeted Review) Amendment Bill 2017 has now been released for public consultation by the Minister on 24 March 2017.
The public consultation version of the Local Government (Targeted Review) Bill 2017 is available for you to download.
In summary the key amendments of the Bill include:
A summary table of all the amendments is available for you to download.
It is expected that the draft amendment Bill will be introduced to Parliament in the autumn session before the winter recess.
Submissions on the draft amendment Bill closed on the Friday 5 May 2017. Thank you to all those who made submissions on the Bill. There were no requests for any submissions to be treated as confidental.
The submissions are available for you to download.
For further enquiries about the review, please contact the Local Government Division on 03 6232 7022 or email email@example.com.