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The VLGA has prepared summary information, to be read and interpreted in conjunction with the Local Government Amendment (Improved Governance) Bill 2015 and the explanatory memorandum.

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The State Government has introduced a Bill – the Local Government Amendment (Improved Governance) Bill 2015 - to amend the Local Government Act on governance issues. The Bill had its second reading on 3 September and will be debated in the Assembly on 15 September.

The stated aim of the Bill is to “amend the Local Government Act 1989 to improve the governance standards of Councils, amend arrangements for local government elections and provide for other matters…”

In particular the Bill seeks:

“(i) to enhance the governance standards of Councils; and (ii) to provide for the appointment of the Chief Municipal Inspector; and (iii) to provide for the appointment of -municipal monitors; and (iv) to further provide for the resolution of allegations of Councillor misbehaviour using the internal processes of Councils; and (v) to amend the arrangements for local government elections to strengthen the integrity of elections”

The following tables provide a summary of the main changes under the following headings:

  • Role of Mayor and Councillors
  • Conduct of Councillors
  • Councillor Code of Conduct
  • Councillor Conduct Panel
  • Municipal Inspector and Monitor (including the power of the Minister to direct Council regarding its governance)
  • Powers to stand down a Councillor
  • Electoral reforms
  • Other matters

Further analysis of the Local Government Amendment (Improved Governance) Bill 2015 will be made by the VLGA and advice provided to members.

Please note that the summary information provided has been compiled by the VLGA and should be read and interpreted in conjunction with the Local Government Amendment (Improved Governance) Bill 2015 and the explanatory memorandum.

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