WALGA consults with its members on a variety of topics to inform our advocacy and service offering to members.

The scope of our requests for feedback reflects the range of operations conducted by Local Government.
Please see below for items for which we are currently seeking feedback from our Members.

Review of the Local Government Act 1995

As previously advised, the Minister for Local Government has announced a review of the Local Government Act. The Association will consult the sector on all potential Act amendment issues this year.

WALGA has produced a discussion paper that is structured around each section of the Act. The discussion paper draws on a number of resources upon which WALGA’s proposals for Act amendment are based.

These resources represent long-standing positions on Act amendments that were developed by the sector and sector representatives. All positions are up for review as part of this process. In addition WALGA welcomes any other item to be brought forward.

The discussion paper can be found here.

WALGA will hold Zone and Regional Group forums on the Local Government Act Review in August and September. Local Governments can choose to contribute in conjunction with a Zone/Regional Group meeting, separately by lodging a Council endorsed submission, or both.
The final collated feedback will be prepared as a State Council Agenda Item for Zone consideration during the November/December 2017 round of Zone meetings. State Council will ultimately determine its position at its meeting on Wednesday, 6 December.
Council endorsed submission on the issues raised in this Discussion Paper, as well as any other relevant matters, can be forwarded by Friday, 20 October to Manager, Governance James McGovern.

For more information, email Manager, Governance James McGovern or Executive Manager, Governance and Organisational Services Tony Brown.

Seeking Local Government Feedback on the First Interim State Public Health Plan

The Department of Health has released the First Interim State Public Health Plan to support organisations, particularly Local Governments, who seek to be consistent with the policy priorities of the Department of Health.

As part of WALGA public health advocacy, the Association has developed two discussion papers in consultation with Local Government, which provide information on the implementation of the Public Health Act 2016, public health planning and workforce planning. These papers are open for feedback.

WALGA will use feedback from the sector collated in the discussion papers to inform the Association’s submission on the First Interim State Public Health Plan.

WALGA would also like to collect additional feedback from Local Governments, in particular identifying the positives in the First Interim State Public health Plan, and any changes or additions Local Governments would like to see.

Click here for the First Interim State Public Health Plan.

To provide feedback or for more information, email Senior Policy Advisor, Community Evie Devitt-Rix.