The Local Government Bill (2019) has formally passed the Victorian Assembly (lower house) on 17 March 2020 formally ratifying amendments made in the upper house. The Bill is expected to receive its Royal Assent on 24 March where it will then become law.
The upper house made a number of amendments during its debate, the most significant include:
Other proposed reforms including mandatory candidate training and mandatory councillor induction remains. The regulations governing the implementation of these reforms will be developed in consultation with key stakeholders including the VLGA and released to councils in due course.
The latest information from Local Government Victoria (LGV) regarding mandatory candidate training include:
VLGA is working closely with LGV and other stakeholders in the implementation of the new Act. We will keep councillors updated on its progress as key developments take place.
For more information contact the VLGA on 9349 7999.
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