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Every Club Hub

May 8 2019
A one-stop shop for the State's 5500 community sporting clubs and their volunteers is now available thanks to the department’s Every Club Hub initiative.
Act now for the future: what do you think? Have your say at www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/lgareview

Act now before it's too late

May 7 2019
The department has consulted with more than 100 organisations and community groups across the State including local government staff, peak bodies, multicultural groups, young people, Aboriginal groups and seniors.
Harmony Week 2019 Friday 15 to Thursday 21 March

Get involved in Harmony Week 2019

Mar 7 2019
Harmony Week, presented by the Office of Multicultural Interests, is an opportunity for all Western Australians to celebrate our vibrant multicultural State.

For community

Local government makes a big difference in our everyday lives. It defines the places we live, work and play.

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MyCouncil provides information about your council and local government across WA.

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Council elections

​​​​​Local government elections play an important role in Western Australia's democratic system.

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Cats and dogs

The department is responsible for administering the Dog Act 1976 and the Cat Act 2011.

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Stop Puppy Farming

Promoting responsible dog ownership and the future health and welfare of dogs.

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Cemeteries and burials

The Cemeteries Act 1986 (the Act) requires all deceased persons to be buried in proclaimed cemeteries administered by responsible trustees, with appropriate records being kept in perpetuity.

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Off-road vehicles

Information on permitted and probited areas for off-road vehicles.

For local governments

Helping to improve the capacity of local governments to respond to community demands and expectations, and improve levels of accountability and legislative compliance.

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Support and advice

Providing support and advisory services to 139 local governments.

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Acts and legislation

A list of acts and regulations relating the local government.

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Compliance and governance

Facilitating good governance and compliance by monitoring, promoting and enforcing compliance.

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Boards and commissions

WA Local Government Grants Commission and Advisory Board.

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Rates setting

Information on rates setting for local governments.

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Local laws

The Local Government Act 1995 enables local governments to make local laws considered necessary for the good government of their districts.

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Regional subsidairies

A regional subsidiary is designed to be a convenient way for local governments to pool their resources and cooperate more closely with neighbouring districts.

Strengthening local government

Current and ongoing initiatives to help strengthen all local governments across Western Australia.

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Local Government Act Reform

The first significant reform of local government conducted in more than two decades.

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Integrated planning and reporting

A framework for local governments to establish local priorities linking to operational functions.

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Local government inquiries

Information relating to inquiries into misconduct of local governments.

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State Local Partnership Agreement

Partnering the State and local government sectors.

Page reviewed 23 August 2019