This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 26 March 2019 to 26 April 2019. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of this enegagement.
The fundamentals of local government are working well, the principal roles and functions of a council, their size and constitution. However, there are several areas of local government that could benefit from a fresh look and sensible reform
We have identified 4 areas for potential improvement that we would like you to consider.
Reform area 1 - Stronger council member capacity and better conduct:
Council members nominate for council to make decisions for, and to act in the best interests of their community. Legislation plays an important role in assisting them to do this, and to ensure that their decisions are always made with the highest standards of integrity.
We are seeking ideas on the tools that councils need to ensure that relationships amongst their members are constructive, and that all council members have the knowledge and skills to perform their roles.
Reform area 2 - Lower costs and enhanced financial accountability:
We’re interested in ideas about ways to improve the provisions that guide all councils’ financial accountability, to deliver a system of local government that councils’ constituents see as robust, sustainable and transparent.
Reform area 3 - Efficient and transparent local government representation:
The review will also incorporate a review of the 2018 local government elections. This review may consider all aspects of local government elections, for example, voting methods, the voters roll, timing of elections, the role of candidate donations and information provided to voters.
Reform area 4 - Simpler regulation:
This review is an opportunity to identify statutory requirements whose costs outweigh their public benefits.
We would like to hear ideas for improvements that will allow your council to better focus on the services that your community values most.