Review of Tasmania’s Local Government Legislation

The Tasmanian Government has committed to reviewing Tasmania’s local government legislation (the Review). The outcome of this Review will be a contemporary, best-practice legislative framework that supports local government over the coming decades.

The first stage of the Review has now commenced with the release of the Discussion Paper: Review of Tasmania’s Local Government Legislation Framework.. The Discussion Paper takes a ‘first principles’ approach to developing a legislative framework for local government. It has been written with a broad audience in mind and, therefore, its style is concise, open and non-technical in nature.

Submissions are invited from the sector, the community and other interested persons on how they think the sector should be governed and what should be considered in developing a local government legislative framework to best support local government and communities into the future. Submissions can be made in writing or by completing an online survey via the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Local Government Division webpage at\LGReview. The consultation period is open until 1 March 2019.

Additionally, an Expression of Interest process has now commenced, seeking applications from persons interested in participating in the Review Reference Group. Expressions of Interest are being sought from a diversity of stakeholders with an interest in local government who can bring elected member, community, local government professional, business, research and industry perspectives to the Group. Expressions of Interest are open until 25 January 2019. For further information or to submit an Expression of Interest, please go to

The Discussion Paper, online survey and further information about the Review can be found on the Local Government Division’s website. Please consider providing your submissions and ideas to this ‘first-principles’ stage of the Review, to help shape a better legal framework for local government, both now and into the future.

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As part of the review of Local Government Legislation ( a number of consultation sessions have been arranged. Industry sessions are being held in;
Ulverstone on 14 February,
Launceston on 15 February
Hobart on 21 February.
Further information is available here. Interested practitioners need to RSVP by 1 February.