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New limits on the number of attendees at funerals

Jun 8, 2020
Restrictions on the number of people that can attend a funeral have changed.

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Local Government Regulations Amendment (Recovery of Advanced Payments) Regulations 2018

Dec 11, 2018

Departmental Circular 4 2018

​On 4 December 2018, the Executive Council approved amendments to the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 and the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations 1996.

Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Act 2018

Nov 20, 2018

Ministerial Circular 3 2018

​The Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Act 2018 has received Royal Assent with the amendments taking effect from 20 November 2018.
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Colour of cat and dog registration tags

Oct 28, 2018

Departmental Circular 3 2018

​Local governments are advised that the Minister for Local Government’s order, dated 8 October 2018, specifying the colour of the registration tags for cats and dogs for the next 16 registration periods was published in the Government Gazette Issue No. 156 (p. 4096) on 16 October 2018. A copy of the Notice of the order is attached.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recognition

Aug 14, 2018

Ministerial Circular 2 2018

Acknowledgement and recognition of Western Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as the traditional owners of our nation, is an important part of progressing towards the goal of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Suspension and Dismissal Amendment Bill 2018

Mar 14, 2018

Ministerial Circular 1 2018

Today I introduced into Parliament the Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Bill 2018.
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Alternative Queen's Birthday Public Holiday dates 2018

Nov 23, 2017

Departmental Circular 21 2017

The Governor has declared that the Celebration Day for the Anniversary of the Birthday of the Reigning Sovereign (Queen's Birthday public holiday) will be observed in 2018 on Monday 24 September.

Local Government Risk Profile

Nov 2, 2017

Ministerial Circular 8 2017

I am aware of concerns raised within the local government sector about the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' Risk Profile and the way the department has communicated with the sector with regard to the profile.

Proclamation of Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Act 2017

Nov 1, 2017

Departmental Circular 20 2017

Local governments are advised that the Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Act 2017 was proclaimed on Friday, 27 October 2017 in the WA Government Gazette No. 207, page 5413.
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Smart Hub now accepting Annual Financial Reports and Grants Commission Returns

Oct 24, 2017

Departmental Circular 19 2015

To reduce the reporting burden on local governments, audited Annual Financial Reports and Western Australian Local Government Grants Commission returns can now be submitted via online forms within Smart Hub.
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Amendment to Regional Subsidiaries Regulations

Oct 16, 2017

Ministerial Circular 7 2017

Following an amendment to the Local Government (Regional Subsidiaries) Regulations 2017, a regional subsidiary is now permitted to conduct land transactions if they are necessary for pursuing a purpose specified in the subsidiary's charter or winding up the subsidiary.

A Guide to Local Government Auditing Reforms

Sep 19, 2017

Departmental Circular 16 2017

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has prepared a guide to inform local governments and auditors about the recent reforms to the conduct of local government audits.
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Regional Subsidiaries — Government Policy and Guidelines

Aug 14, 2017

Ministerial Circular 6 2017

I am pleased to announce the release of the policy and guidelines for the establishment of regional subsidiaries.
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