Controls strengthened over local government

The Western Australian government is proposing changes to the Local Government Act 1995 to hold councils accountable. Following the state government’s recently enabled law requiring local governments to develop integrated 10-year strategic plans, the government has been consulting with state agencies, local government and other key stakeholders in identifying reform areas. Local Government Minister, John […]

WA councils face ‘reform fatigue’

By Angela Dorizas Western Australian councils have called for a state-wide governance review to revitalise the local government reform process. The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) today called on the State Government to reassess the current situation and redefine the reform agenda. WALGA president Troy Pickard said many councils and shires were feeling “reform fatigue” […]

Victorian councils to debate population, politics and reform

By Angela Dorizas Local government representatives from across Victoria have gathered in Melbourne today to debate population growth, politics and public sector reform. The annual conference of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is expected to attract 200 councillors, mayors, chief executive officers and senior managers.  MAV president Bill Mitchell said "leadership challenges" will headline […]

WA local government reform process gains momentum

The Government of Western Australia has announced that a further 16 councils have signed agreements to form regional groups as part of the local government reform process. WA Local Government Minister John Castrilli said twelve councils had agreed to form regional transition groups, four signed up to regional collaborative groups and another eight agreed to amalgamate […]

Government receives blueprint for APS reform

By Angela Dorizas A review of the Australian Public Service (APS) has proposed changes to funding and staff arrangements to ensure high-quality outcomes for the public. The review was conducted by a special advisory group chaired by Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet chief Terry Moran The blueprint made 28 recommendations in nine areas of reform, […]

Back to school for Queensland councils

By Angela Dorizas Councillors across Queensland will study the implications of the new Local Government Act in a six-week seminar series. More than 500 councillors are expected to attend one-day study seminars organised by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) to consider the ramifications of the Local Government Act 2009, to be implemented on […]

Albanese outlines plan for $25m local government reform fund

By Staff Writer The Federal Government has released the guidelines and operating arrangements for the $25 million Local Government Reform Fund. Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, announced the plans at the Local Government and Planning Ministers’ Council in Darwin last Friday. Albanese said it was the first time in more […]

WA councils have their say on amalgamations

By Staff Writer Western Australian councils have had their say on the future of local government in the state. More than 115 councils and shires have made submissions to the Department of Local Government by the September 30 deadline. Local Government Minister John Castrilli said he was encouraged by the response and anticipated that more submissions […]

Castrilli begins pitch for public sector reform

By Staff Writer Local Government Minister John Castrilli is hosting a series of community meetings in various regional centres in Western Australia to encourage residents to get involved in the local government reform process. Castrilli said it was important to ensure communities were involved in local government reform and that they contributed to the future […]

Queensland Decides an election wrap-up

The LGAQ has released some facts, figures and insights of the Local Government Election held on Saturday 15 March 2008. The sweeping reforms of local government in Queensland which commenced in April 2007 radically altered the electoral landscape. There are now 73 councils in Queensland local government – 37 of which are continuing councils (unchanged […]


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