Shared services for councils a step closer

Source: Western Australia Government - www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au 

23 May 2016

WA Government: Legislation strengthening the ability of local governments to deliver shared services to their communities has passed the Legislative Assembly.

Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill introduces a new model which will enable two or more local governments to form a subsidiary body, in order to deliver a joint service or activity.

"An important focus of the legislative changes is reducing red tape for local governments," Mr Simpson said. 

"By creating a model for a legal entity which will have fewer compliance obligations than current arrangements, local governments will be able to deliver services more efficiently and at a lower cost."

The Minister said the new model could be used as a mechanism to collaborate on activities such as management of information technology, regional tourism or back office services.

The Bill also makes a number of improvements to the operation of the Local Government Standards Panel, including the ability to dismiss frivolous complaints.

"These changes will increase the operational efficiency of the standards panel to allow it to deal with complaints in a timely manner," Mr Simpson said.

Other key changes include:

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