What are your ideas for improving the way local councils operate?
Consider the following 4 reform areas and provide your feedback, or simply tell us your ideas for improving how your council operates. Join in the discussion below.
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
Councils make a huge amount of information available to their communities, through annual business plans, council meeting agendas and minutes, and many other ways, to help people be engaged with their decisions. This is particularly important when these decisions are about a council’s finances.
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 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
A broad based review of the Local Government Act 1999 is an opportunity to identify statutory requirements whose costs outweigh their public benefits. We would appreciate hearing of ideas for improvements that allow your council to better focus on the services that your community values most.