Bill to overhaul Victorian local government released

The Victorian Government has released the draft Local Government Bill 2018 which will repeal and replace the Local Government Act 1989.

The draft Bill implements consistent representation structures and voting methods for council elections across Victoria, and requires councils to adopt long-term plans and budgets backed by their local communities.

It gives Government stronger powers to deal with individual councillors who are not performing and requires most council meetings to be open to the public.

The exposure draft will be open for public comment from 12 December 2017 until 23 February 2018, with feedback to be used to shape any final changes before the Bill is legislated in 2018.

The Bill is one of several election commitments from the Labor Government to improve the accountability and transparency of councils, including the introduction of Fair Go Rate Capping and the Know Your Council website.

The release of the draft exposure Bill follows a two-year assessment of the current Act that took feedback from councils, ratepayers, the wider community and industry stakeholders.

The exposure draft is at

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