Local Government Act Review

Local Government Act Review

The Local Government Act review was the first comprehensive review of the Local Government Act 1989 since it was introduced. The review has been informed by extensive and deep engagement with councils, ratepayers, the wider community, experts and stakeholders.

The review resulted in the Local Government Bill 2018 being introduced into Parliament on 23 May 2018.

All parliamentary proceedings have since come to an end in the lead up to the State election. This means that the Bill has lapsed, and the Local Government Act 1989 continues to form the basis of the legal framework for the constitution, role and governance of Victorian councils.

The lapsed Bill and the explanatory memorandum can still be accessed in the Bills archive on the Victorian Parliament website.

An overview of the consultation process carried out as part of the review of the Local Government Act 1989 can be found here.


EXPOSURE DRAFT

The introduction of the lapsed Bill followed the release of the Exposure Draft of the Local Government Bill, on 12 December 2017.

190 submissions were received responding to the Exposure Draft Local Government Bill.

To view the submissions, click here.

Exposure Draft (PDF, WORD)

The Exposure Draft Bill provided a modern, principle based legislative framework to replace the existing Local Government Act 1989.

A New Local Government Act For Victoria (PDF)

The Exposure Draft Bill was accompanied by an explanatory document which is designed to help readers navigate the draft legislation. A New Local Government Act for Victoria sets out the reasons for the Act review, the aims and structure of the Exposure Draft Bill and the major reforms introduced by the Exposure Draft Bill. The paper also sets out the proposed timeframes for the phased implementation of the reforms.



The Local Government Act review was the first comprehensive review of the Local Government Act 1989 since it was introduced. The review has been informed by extensive and deep engagement with councils, ratepayers, the wider community, experts and stakeholders.

The review resulted in the Local Government Bill 2018 being introduced into Parliament on 23 May 2018.

All parliamentary proceedings have since come to an end in the lead up to the State election. This means that the Bill has lapsed, and the Local Government Act 1989 continues to form the basis of the legal framework for the constitution, role and governance of Victorian councils.

The lapsed Bill and the explanatory memorandum can still be accessed in the Bills archive on the Victorian Parliament website.

An overview of the consultation process carried out as part of the review of the Local Government Act 1989 can be found here.


EXPOSURE DRAFT

The introduction of the lapsed Bill followed the release of the Exposure Draft of the Local Government Bill, on 12 December 2017.

190 submissions were received responding to the Exposure Draft Local Government Bill.

To view the submissions, click here.

Exposure Draft (PDF, WORD)

The Exposure Draft Bill provided a modern, principle based legislative framework to replace the existing Local Government Act 1989.

A New Local Government Act For Victoria (PDF)

The Exposure Draft Bill was accompanied by an explanatory document which is designed to help readers navigate the draft legislation. A New Local Government Act for Victoria sets out the reasons for the Act review, the aims and structure of the Exposure Draft Bill and the major reforms introduced by the Exposure Draft Bill. The paper also sets out the proposed timeframes for the phased implementation of the reforms.