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

COVID-19 Governance Information and Resources for Local Governments

Guide to Giving Effect to the COVID-19 Ministerial Order in Budget Adoption
This Guide will assist Local Governments to implement the Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Ministerial Order 2020 , gazetted and effective on Friday, 8 May that modifies Local Government Act compliance requirements when adopting the 2020/21 annual budget.

Electronic Council Meetings Guide 
This Guide will assist Local Governments to conduct Council meetings by electronic means (eMeetings), in accordance with the amended  Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996, which took effect on Thursday,  26 March.

Delegations and Decision Making Resource
A Guide that encourages maximising the use of delegations, authorisations and policies for efficient decision-making.

Template Financial Hardship Policy
A template Policy provided to help Local Governments assess the unique circumstances and challenges that ratepayers are likely to face as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now updated to reflect the requirements of the Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Ministerial Order 2020.

WALGA has produced the following supporting documents to assist with the implementation of the Financial Hardship Policy.
Template - Contractor Regional Movement Confirmation
A template that Local Governments may provide to contractors performing work for the Local Government where the contractor is required to move between regions that are subject to COVID-19 Emergency movement restrictions.

Template Purchasing Policy  - UPDATED
The WALGA Template Purchasing Policy has been reviewed and comprehensively updated. The template now includes the recent amendments to the Local Government (Functions and General) Regulations 1996 .

Template Delegations - Renewal or Extension of Contracts and State of Emergency Tender Exemption
New Template Delegations are now available for the new Regulations 11(2)(ja) and 11(2)(aa).

Local Government Act Review

Three significant inquiries relating to Local Government in Western Australia have released their final reports in August and September 2020.
This advocacy paper, which was endorsed by State Council on 2 December 2020, aims to distil key issues raised by these reports and identify strategic advocacy positions of the Local Government sector to inform the strategic direction of legislative reform.

In addition, WALGA previously put forward a range of policy positions relating to the Review of the Local Government Act.

WALGA Member’s Governance Advice

Member Local Governments, Elected Members and Officers, have access to the WALGA Governance Advisory Service providing guidance on matters relating to the Local Government Act and Regulations, other legislation impacting the operations of Local Government and governance best practice. For further information, email the WALGA Governance Team on  governance@walga.asn.au or call (08) 9213 2000.

WALGA provides the following Governance tools and templates for the benefit of all Members:

1. Communications and Social Media

2. Local Government Reform Toolkit

This toolkit was created to assist WA Local Governments in the lead up to the (now defunct) 2014 State Government initiated structural reform.  This online resource remains available, but is under review by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

4. Infopage – AASB 124 Related Party Disclosures Guidance – June 2017

5. List of Decisions Requiring an Absolute Majority


Governance Subscription Service / Local Laws Subscription Service

In addition to the above Governance Advice service to Members, WALGA also offers additional Subscription only services that include detailed guides, tools and templates.  Please contact the Governance Team on governance@walga.asn.au or (08) 9213 2000 if you would like to access the Governance and / or Local Laws Subscription Services.

Governance Service, includes online access to:

  • Complete Guide to the Local Government Act Practice Notes – specifically for Local Government senior managers and staff.
  • Complete Guide to the Local Government Act Forms and Proforma
  • Local Government Act Councillors Manual
  • Decision Making in Practice Tookit, including an ‘Introduction to Local Government Decision Making’, a Delegated Authority Guide and Template Delegation Register.  An Authorisations Guide is coming soon.
  • Good Governance in Practice – collates tools and templates to assist Local Governments in implementing good governance practices, including; a Compliance Calendar Template and Guideline, Primary and Annual Returns Management Guideline and Procedure, Meeting Procedures – Process of Motions Guide, Transaction (Credit) Card Template Policy and Procedures, Integrity in Procurement Self Audit Tool and Rate Exemption Best Practice Guide

Local Laws Subscription Service, includes online access to the Local Laws Manual – a guide to assist Local Governments in making and managing Local Laws, PLUS 14 Template Local Laws.

For further information please visit the Governance and Local Laws Subscription webpage.

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 five 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.

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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.