The final report of the Local Government Review Panel has been released and outlines recommendations to guide the development of a new Local Government Act for Western Australia. The report follows on from significant legislative reforms passed by State Parliament last year, including mandatory training and a new gift declaration framework for all elected members. The panel made 65 recommendations for the proposed legislation that are intended to focus on:
Future-proofing local governments and promoting healthy, connected and engaged local communities
Integrity, inclusive local democracy, efficient service delivery and enhanced accountability across the local government sector
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) will be providing an overview of the report and discussing the potential implications for local government.
This forum will also include a presentation by the City of Armadale on public access to information, followed by a panel discussion featuring representatives from the Office of the Information Commissioner, DLGSC and WALGA.