WALGA provides members with a variety of information, advice and services in regards to Governance and Strategy including:

Sector Governance Advice

Member Local Governments have access to an advisory service for guidance on matters relating to the Local Government Act and Regulations, other legislation impacting the operations of Council and governance best practice.

Governance/Local Laws Subscription Service

In addition to the above advice, WALGA also offers an additional Governance/Local Laws subscription service. This 'complete guide' to the Local Government Act and Local Laws provides access for subscribing Local Governments and their Elected Members with online access to:

  • Councillor's Manual
  • Practice Notes
  • Forms and Pro Formas
  • Local Law

Association Governance – State Council and Zones

WALGA has established a governance structure that ensures representation of our members around the State across 17 Zones - 12 regional zones and 5 metro zones. From these Zones our State Council is selected – with an equal number of regional and metropolitan representatives.

With input from the Zones process, State Council is then responsible for sector-wide policy making and strategic planning on behalf of Local Government.   Policy positions are put to each Council, who then provide resolutions to their Zones and up to State Council for a decision on a sector-wide position to direct WALGA’s activity in the area.

To learn more about State Council, Zones and view agendas and minutes from recent meetings, click here

Regional Cooperation

This activity provides support and assistance to regional groups of Local Governments, focussing on improving the long-term sustainability of the sector. WALGA assists groups with the establishment of shared services, together with research, facilitation, planning, advocacy and other initiatives promoting collaborative pursuits.

Local Government Metro Reform

The State Government ended the Local Government Metropolitan Reform process in February 2015 after votes of the community rejected amalgamations for a number of Local Governments.

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