Local Government Regulation Amendments 2021

Resources to assist with implementation of the Local Government (Model Code of Conduct) Regulations 2021,
Local Government (Administration) Amendment Regulations 2021 and Local Government Regulations Amendment (Employee Code of Conduct) Regulations 2021.

Code of Conduct Behaviour Complaints Management Framework 

Detailed commentary and resources to guide and assist Local Governments when managing local level behaviour complaints made under Division 3 of a Local Government’s Code of Conduct.

WALGA Policy Development Framework - Code of Conduct Behaviour Complaints Management Policy
This Framework is drafted with the intent of developing Policy that will minimise both actual and perceived bias due to conflicts of interest when local level behaviour complaints are managed by Local Governments.

WALGA Template - Behaviour Complaints Committee Terms of Reference
To be read in conjunction with the Policy Development Framework, this resource will assist develop a decision-making mechanism that minimises the potential for conflicts of interest and apprehended bias.  

WALGA Template - Behaviour Complaint Form
This updated Behaviour Complaint Form will assist Local Government Behaviour Complaints Officers manage complaints, including the option of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Behaviour Complaints Committee Delegation
This Delegation facilitates unbiased decision-making by a Behaviour Complaints Committee. 


Guidance Note
This Guide will assist Local Governments in understanding their responsibilities under the amended legislation, and provide some suggested actions and considerations for Local Governments when implementing the new requirements.

Template Model Code of Conduct for Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates
This MS Word version of the Model Code allows for easy insertion of Local Government logos and branding, to assist in adopting the Code of Conduct as a Council Policy. 

Template Standards for CEO Recruitment, Employment and Termination
This MS Word version of the Standards allows for easy insertion of Local Government logos and branding, to assist in adopting the Standards as a Council Policy. 

Code of Conduct for Employees

WALGA Base Template - Code of Conduct for Employees
A base template, provided as a guide to assist CEOs in developing a Code of Conduct for Employees, and which may be modified according to operational requirements.

Temporary or Acting CEOs

WALGA Template Policy for the Temporary Appointment or Employment of a CEO
This template policy addresses the requirements of section 5.39C of the Local Government Act 1995 that require a Local Government to adopt a policy for the employment or appointment of a CEO for a term not exceeding 1 year.

Template Policies

Template Council Member Continuing Professional Development Policy
A template policy provided as a guide to assist Local Governments to adopt a policy as required by section 5.128 of the Local Government Act 1995.

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.

Communications and Social Media Template Policy

Caretaker (Elections) Period Template Policy

Model Electoral Code of Conduct

A model electoral code of conduct provided to assist Returning Officers to address the requirements of r.8 of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997.

Miscellaneous Resources

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

Communications and Social Media

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.

Infopage – AASB 124 Related Party Disclosures Guidance – June 2017

List of Decisions Requiring an Absolute Majority