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We support the development, adoption and implementation of high-quality governance processes, protocols, conduct and relationships across the local government sector.

Our work in this area includes providing sector-wide advice on governance issues, and assisting individual councils on a broad range of internal and external governance matters.​​​​​

Read about the MAV policy on candidature of councillors in state or federal elections (Word - 93.3KB)​​​​​​​​​​​​.

Review of the Local Government Act 1989

The Minister for Local Government issued a discussion paper in October 2015 as the first phase in a comprehensive review of the Local Government Act 1989, and issued a subsequent discussion paper during 2016. Submissions on the 2016 discussion paper closed on 16 September 2016. We made submissions on both papers on behalf of the sector, which are available on our submissions page.

On 12 December 2017, the Minister released the exposure draft of the new Local Government Bill. Submissions on the exposure draft closes on 23 February 2018. We will make a submission on the exposure draft.

Governance group on Yammer

Our Governance Group on Yammer is a forum for council officers to share ideas and collaborate on issues concerning council governance. Governance managers are welcome to join.

Event presentations

You can find presentations on governance in our past event presentations section.

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