If you would like to know more about Local Government generally - the following links may be useful.
My Council - www.mycouncil.wa.gov.au
My Council is a place to view and compare information about your local government, with other Western Australian local governments.
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries - www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/localgovernment
Local Government (WA) is a division of the Western Australian Government's Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and provides advice and support to WA's 137 local governments and two Indian Ocean Territories.
Local Government Standards Panel - www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/localgovernment/forcouncils/Pages/Local-Government-Standards-Panel.aspx
The Local Government Standards Panel was established in 2007 to fulfil two key objectives:
- Administer justice and resolve complaints relatively quickly.
- Provide the local government sector with guidance and benchmarks about acceptable standards of behaviour
The standards panel has the authority to make binding decisions to resolve allegations of minor misconduct submitted by a local government. It deals with complaints about council members who it is alleged have committed a breach of one or more of the provisions of the Rules of Conduct Regulations. The panel is independent of the Minister for Local Government and the department.
Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) - https://walga.asn.au
WALGA's key focus is working for Local Government in Western Australia. As the peak industry body, WALGA advocates on behalf of 138 WA Local Government and negotiates service agreements for the sector. WALGA is not a government department or agency.
Local Government Act Review - www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/localgovernment/strengthening/Pages/LG-Act-Review.aspx
In 2017 the McGowan Government announced a review of the Local Government Act 1995, with the objective being for Western Australia to have a new, modern Act that empowers local government to better deliver for the community. Updates on the progress of the project can be found here.
Local Government Act 1995 - www.legislation.wa.gov.au/legislation/statutes.nsf/law_a465.html
The Act of the Western Australian Parliament which outlines the responsibilities, powers and procedures for election of Local Government Bodies