Local Government Act 2002
The Local Government Act 2002 was given royal assent on 24 December 2002. An electronic version of the new Act may be accessed below.
Local Electoral Amendment Act 2002
Part 13 of the Local Government Bill 2001 was split off during the Committee stages of the House to become a separate Act, the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2002. This Act made several amendments to the Local Electoral Act 2001. These amendments were:
Summary of Changes
Link here to a media statement from the Minister of Local Government, Hon Chris Carter.
For some background to the passing of the Act, link here to the second and third reading speech notes of the Hon Chris Carter, Minister of Local Government:
The Local Government Bill as reported back to Parliament
The Local Government Bill was reported back to Parliament from the Local Government and Environment Select Committee on 10 December. The following link will direct you to an electronic version of the Bill as reported back, courtesy of the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives website:
The following material was prepared by Department of Internal Affairs to aid understanding of the changes between the Local Government Bill as introduced to Parliament on 18 December 2001 and the Bill as reported back from the Local Government and Environment Select Committee on 10 December 2002.
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Background to the Local Government Bill
The Local Government Act 1974 (LGA) was the main piece of legislation defining the power and responsibility of local authorities. The decision to review the Act, and other local government legislation, was made in March 2000. The review of the LGA and preparation of the consultation document saw unprecedented levels of cooperation between central and local government. The new Local Government Bill was introduced to Parliament on 18 December 2001, and received royal assent on 24 December 2002.
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Last updated: 30/03/2004