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The Victorian Government is conducting the first comprehensive review of the Local Government Act 1989 in a quarter of a century

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Local Government Act Review

The State Government is conducting the first comprehensive review of the Local Government Act in a quarter of a century.

The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) strongly supports a new Local Government Act in Victoria and welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the review.

A key proposal of a new Act is to embed over-arching governance principles in the Act and require Councils to take these into account when performing their functions and exercising their powers. This is a positive step towards a more mature, adaptive Local Government Act.

A criticism of the previous Act has been that it is prescriptive in nature and sets statutory requirements which have become outdated over time. Since 1989, both the size and role of local government has grown substantially. In addition, new technologies and forms of communication and engagement have improved how councils work with local residents and opened new opportunities. A move to enshrine governing principles in new legislation will ensure greater flexibility, adaptation and longevity into the future.

More information can be found at the Your Council, Your Community website


Directions Paper, Act for the Future

In July 2015, the State Government released its directions paper, Act for the Future.

The paper outlines the key proposals the State Government intended to include in a new Local Government Act.

The VLGA supported many of the positive proposals in this document and provided its recommendations to the Minister through its submission to the paper.

Download a copy of the VLGA's submission to the directions paper


Discussion Paper

The State Government released its discussion paper for a new Local Government Act in December 2015.

The VLGA's response included a broad overview of a new Act based upon broad, over-arching principles rather than prescriptive legislation.

Download a copy of the VLGA's submission to the discussion paper 


Resources:

Submission to the Local Government Act Review Directions Paper

Local Government Act Review Directions Paper, Act for the Future

Submission to the Local Government Act Review Discussion Paper

Local Government Act Review Discussion Paper

The VLGA is committed to connecting communities and strengthening democracy

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