Local Government Act 2020 updates

Friday 3 March 2020

The Local Government sector is one step closer to an historical transformation as the Local Government Bill has had its second reading in the Upper House last night after more than 25 hours of debate.  The Bill will move to its third reading at the next parliament sitting date.

LGPro look forward to supporting the sector through the implementation of the Act.

Stay tuned for updates and details of our pending LG Act series of webinars, information sessions and workshops.

LGPro Members can view the LG Bill Implementation session recordings and presentations via the Member only portal. You can become an LGPro Individual Member HERE!

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Report highlights why law reform is needed to uphold the professionalism of the sector.

State Government will today introduce a Bill to dismiss Whittlesea City Council following a report from municipal monitor Yehudi Blacher that found serious governance failures at the council.

Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek stated,  “The Monitor found Councillors have stopped acting in the best interests of the City of Whittlesea and recommended its immediate dismissal and replacement with Administrators. We accept the recommendations.”

The report is to be tabled in Parliament today. >> View media release

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Today marks the beginning of a new era in Victorian Local Government as the Local Government Bill 2019 has been passed through Parliament. It is expected that the Bill will be granted royal assent by next week.

LGPro welcomes the new Act as it will be the catalyst for modernising, reforming and re-energising the entire sector.   

LGPro President Liana Thompson believes the new act will help drive genuine and far-reaching transformation of the sector by enabling and encouraging councils to be more entrepreneurial and innovative in the way they deliver services.

The new Act will also do much to help restore the confidence and trust of the community in Local Government to further develop local economies and social connections.

Read media release

LGPro is pleased to be teaming with Maddocks Lawyers from March 2020, to host a series of webinars and information sessions (online initially) to support metropolitan, regional and rural Councils throughout 2020.

Members are encouraged to monitor our website for details regularly as well as tell us what they need from LGPro to help them with the implementation of the new Act.