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Local Government News
9 April 2020
Issue 14

In this issue...


Contact List for Faith Leaders and Places of Worship in Perth Metropolitan Area
The WA Police Diversity Engagement Unit is seeking the assistance of Local Governments in gathering contact details for all places of worship and faith leaders in the Perth metropolitan area.
WA Police are particularly interested to gather this information prior to Easter where possible, although would still be grateful to receive it after the Easter break acknowledging the short timeframe of the request.

Local Governments who are able to provide this information are requested to email it to Seargeant, Warren Ameduri from the Diversity Engagement Unit and Community Engagement Officer, Ian Westmore from the Community Engagement Division.
Local Supplier Engagement Initiative
In an effort to increase the amount of opportunities and spend driven to the local economy, WALGA has secured Member access to the VendorPanel Marketplace platform. 
The technology will make it easier for buyers within Local Government to identify their local suppliers and invite them to submit quotes and proposals for their minor purchasing and project activity.

More information will be provided in coming weeks regarding this initiative, including a campaign relative to supplier on-boarding, aimed at encouraging local Small to Medium Enterprise to register in this system to provide them visibility and ease of access to Local Government business opportunities.

Members are asked to encourage local businesses to access more information here.
For more information, view the InfoPage.
PSA Panels
To assist Members with accessing relevant services and products, WALGA has scanned existing PSA panels to assess services that are in demand and specific to the current market disruption.
  • Hazardous and Emergency Event Services Panel InfoPage
  • CCTV and Surveillance Services Panel InfoPage
  • Temporary Labour Panel: Health and Sanitation Services InfoPage
For more information, view the above InfoPages.
Changing Places Design Specifications 2020
Changing Places provide suitable facilities for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.
A Changing Places facility allows people with high support needs to fully participate in the community.

The 'Changing Places Design Specifications 2020' replace 'The Information Guide and Technical Standard June 2017'.

The Changing Places Design Specifications 2020 include updated designs and new features based on feedback from the facilities currently in operation. Four new case studies presented in the Specifications illustrate how Changing Places can make a difference to the lives of the people who need them, their families, friends and carers.
For more information, click here
Vacancies on Boards and Committees
The Association is pleased to announce the following vacancies:
Municipal Waste Advisory Council/Officer’s Advisory Group
(Local Government Officers only)
  • 2 Metropolitan Member
  • 3 Non-Metropolitan Member
WA State Graffiti Taskforce
(Elected Members and Local Government Officers)
  • 1 Non-Metropolitan Member
State Library Board of Western Australia
(Elected Members and Local Government Officers)
  • 1 Non-Metropolitan Member (Shire)
Local Government House Trust
(Elected Members only)
  • 1 Metropolitan Member
Local Government Insurance Services Board
(Elected Members only)
  • 1 Metropolitan Member

Nominees are required to submit a completed nomination form, statement addressing the selection criteria and short curriculum vitae (two pages maximum) before the close of nominations, 5:00pm, Monday, 20 April.

Nomination forms are available here.
For more information, email Governance Support Officer, Chantelle O’Brien or call 9213 2013.
Amendments to Legislation to Protect Family and Domestic Violence Victims
The State Government has passed amendments to legislation to protect victims of family and domestic violence, who are at an increased risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The amendments were made to the Sentencing Act 1995, the Sentence Administration Act 2003, the Bail Act 1982 and the Restraining Orders Act 1997.
The changes include:
  • allowing the court to impose a requirement that an offender be subject to electronic monitoring under Conditional Suspended Imprisonment Orders and Intensive Supervision Orders
  • permitting a judicial officer to include, as a home detention bail condition, a direction that an accused be subject to electronic monitoring
  • improving access to restraining orders, including enabling restraining order applications to be lodged online
  • creating a separate offence for breach of a family violence restraining order, increasing the penalty to $10,000 from $6,000 and extending the limitation period for prosecuting breach of restraining order offences to two years, and
  • allowing the Family Court and Children's Court to issue interim restraining orders on an ex-parte basis, in the same way the Magistrates Court is permitted to do so.
For more information, view the media release.
Resilient Australia Awards
The Resilient Australia Awards highlight initiatives that build resilience and making communities safer, more connected and better prepared for disasters and emergencies.
The awards are open to all Australians, including individuals, not-for-profit organisations, small and large businesses, all levels of Government, schools, education institutions, research bodies and emergency service agencies.

Local Governments are encouraged to apply.

Submissions close at 9:00pm on Monday, 18 May. 
For more information or to submit an application, visit Australian Institute for Disaster Recovery.
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