16-03 – 2016 Ministers Awards for Women in Local Government

The Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole MP announced the winners of the ninth annual Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government at Parliament House on 2 March 2016. The Awards were established to recognise the outstanding contributions and achievements of women in local government in NSW. The awards are delivered in partnership with the Minister for Women, the Hon Pru Goward MP.

16-02 – Special Variation and Minimum Rate Variation Guidelines and Process for 2016/17

To advise councils of the release of the guidelines for Special Variation and Minimum Rate Variation for the 2016/17 rating year. A council that is affected by a merger proposal will not be eligible to apply for a special or minimum rate variation for the 2016/17 rating year. The Guidelines outline the process for all other councils seeking to apply for a special or minimum rate variation for 2016/17.

16-01 – New Local Government Act Development Consultation

Details of proposed phase 1 amendments are available through the Fit for the Future website at, which also provides the opportunity to submit comments online. The Office invites feedback from councils and their communities on the proposed amendments via this online facility.

15-43 – Section 23A Guidelines – Council Decision Making During Merger Proposal Periods

The Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government has issued guidelines to provide instructions to councils that are the subject of merger proposals on the appropriate exercise of their functions during the period in which a merger proposal is under consideration by the Chief Executive, the Boundaries Commission and the Minister for Local Government.

15-41 – Commencement of the Local Government Amendment (Councillor Misconduct and Poor Performance Act) 2015

Amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 made by the Local Government Amendment (Councillor Misconduct and Poor Performance) Act 2015 commenced on 13 November 2015.

15-42 – New powers to help councils and others manage boat trailers in local streets

The Government intends that the Impounding Act 1993 be amended by the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 from 1 October 2016. This will enable councils and other impounding authorities that ‘opt in’ to take impounding action against boat trailers parked for more than 28 days.

15-40 – Recovery of outstanding Water Charges

What’s new or changing The NSW Ombudsman has advised that some councils are restricting or severing residential tenants’ water supply to pursue outstanding water charges owed by landowners, whether in accordance with or contrary to the council’s existing debt recovery...

15-39 – GIPA Guideline 1 – Disclosure of information in returns of interests submitted by councillors and designated persons

What’s new or changing Councils are reminded of GIPA Guideline 1 - Local Councils on the disclosure of information (returns disclosing the interest of councillors and designated persons) (Guideline 1). What this will mean for your council This guideline was issued by...

15-38 – Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 – Certificate lodgement fees

What’s new or changing The NSW Building Professionals Board has received complaints that some councils are imposing fees and charges for the lodgement of Part 4A certificates and complying development certificates in excess of the $36.00 statutory limit. Councils are...

15-37 – 50% discounted registration fee for desexed animals sold by an eligible pound or shelter

The Companion Animals Amendment (Registration Fees) Regulation 2015 commenced on 29 October 2015. For dogs and cats sold by eligible pounds or shelters that are desexed at the time of registration, the fee payable is 50% of the fee for a desexed animal referred to in clause 17(1)(a) of the Companion Animals Regulation 2008. This discount also applies to animals transferred from eligible pounds or shelters to a rescue organisation for rehoming. An eligible pound or shelter includes a NSW council pound, the Animal Welfare League NSW, the Cat Protection Society of NSW Inc. and the RSPCA NSW.