Western Australian Local Government elections will be held in October 2019. Recent amendments to the Local Government Act will mean local governments will need support from key stakeholders to ensure they understand new electoral requirements.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries will assist local governments throughout the process - what will this mean and how will they support local governments in understanding and managing the new electoral requirements? A CEO panel and presentation from McLeods Barristers and Solicitors will also provide industry and legal perspectives on the changes.
This forum Managing the challenges of the 2019 Local Government Elections is designed to explore and discuss the Local Government Act amendments in relation to elections and electoral challenges facing local governments. The forum will also identify best practice strategies for implementing a smooth electoral process.
Local Government Act Amendments on matters relating to elections
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries representative
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries will provide an overview of the proposed Amendments to the Local Government Act relating to electoral matters that will have an impact on the sector, from universal training and codes of conduct for candidates (including management of social media impacts) to mandatory training for new elected members, and how the Department intends to build capacity and support local governments in the development and understanding of the new electoral requirements.
Amendments to the Local Government Standards Panel
Mick Connolly, Chair of the Local Government Standards Panel
Mick will provide an overview of the proposed Amendments to the Local Government Act relating to the introduction of a mandatory code of conduct for elected members (and candidates if elected) and changes to the Local Government Standards Panel processes likely to have an impact on the sector. What will be the Standards Panel's approach and from its experience how can local governments put in place strategies to improve elected member behaviour?
How Local Government should prepare for election changes
Neil Douglas, Partner, McLeods Barristers and Solicitors
Neil Douglas will provide a legal perspective on how local governments might manage the changes to the Local Government Act (in relation to elections) and any legal/legislative challenges they might face.
CEO Panel - a perspective of electoral challenges, best practice and strategies for implementing a smooth electoral process
Garry Hunt, CEO, City of Joondalup
Bill Parker, CEO, Shire of Denmark
Mike Archer, CEO, City of Busselton
Garry will discuss the importance of comprehensive induction and leadership programs to ensure roles are understood, Mike will discuss the importance of bringing new elected representatives up to speed with critical issues in order to make informed decisions and Bill will discuss the importance of ensuring roles and relationships (and establishing trust) are a focus for a new Council and with the CEO/administration.
These presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.