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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 2014 (Word - 93.3KB)​​​​​​​​​​​​.

Governance as leadership

This conference, held in November 2015, explored the components of good governance, and opportunities for new and different approaches.

Presentations from the conference are available below:

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. Subsequent phases will involve further consultation with the sector, technical working groups and contracted papers on key topics. The consultation and review processes are expected to extend through until the end of 2017 with the likelihood of draft legislation being developed in early 2018.

We have undertaken some initial consultation with the sector in order to submit a preliminary submission on the discussion paper. You can see all submissions on the discussion paper on the Your Council, Your Community website.

Read our Response notes to the Local Government Act review (Word - 72KB).

Local Government Electoral Review

A three-member independent panel formed a Local Government Electoral Review Panel in 2013 to review the local government election process.

It released a report in September 2014, proposing 55 recommendations to strengthen local electoral processes.

We responded to the review with a submission (Word - 106KB) in October.

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.

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