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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Consultation: Amendments to the Local Government (General) Regulations 2015

Background

The Legislative Council approved the third reading of the Local Government Amendment (Targeted Review) Bill 2017 (the Bill) on 19 October 2017. A minor amendment was passed by the House of Assembly on 31 October 2017, and it is expected the Bill will shortly receive Royal Assent.

It is prudent to now commence consultation on amendments to the Local Government (General) Regulations 2015 (General Regulations) given the sector’s interest in progressing this important work and tight time constraints, with local government elections in October 2018.

Consultation paper

The Local Government Division has released a consultation paper, Amendments to the Local Government (General) Regulations 2015, that summarises the key issues and the possible changes to the General Regulations and is available for you to download. We are seeking comment on the following three amendments:

  1. The introduction of a gifts and donations register as per the new Part 5A of the Local Government Act 1993.
  2. Amending regulation 22 to increase the current electoral advertising expenditure limit by a monetary amount as per Recommendation 28 of the Targeted Review Steering Committee.
  3. Amending the Declaration of Office such that elected members are required to engage in ongoing professional development and abide by the principles of good governance, as per Recommendation 5 of the Steering Committee.

The General Regulations will be supported by detailed Guidelines and there may be consequential amendments to the Local Government (Model Code of Conduct) Order 2016 as required, to ensure consistency across both instruments, particularly in relation to compliance matters.

Submissions

Submissions are to be made in writing and are to be provided either by email to lgd@dpac.tas.gov.au or by post to:

Local Government Division

Department of Premier and Cabinet

GPO Box 123

HOBART TAS   7001

All submissions must be received by close of business on Monday 18 December 2017.

It is expected that a draft of the amended General Regulations will be released for formal consultation in February 2018.

Important information to note

All submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on the Department of Premier and Cabinet's (DPAC) website once consideration of the submissions has concluded. However, if you wish your submission to be treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please note this in writing at the time of making your submission, and clearly indicate which parts of your submission are confidential, and advise the reasons as to why.

Please note that your name, or the name of your organisation making a submission, will be disclosed unless you request otherwise. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), DPAC will treat the submission as public.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

By law, information provided to the Tasmanian Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons will be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure.

Should you have any questions regarding the consultation on the amendments to the General Regulations, please contact DPAC’s Local Government Division by email at lgd@dpac.tas.gov.au or by telephone on (03) 6232 7022.