A key role of the Office of Local Government is to investigate serious breakdowns in council operations. We have two ways of doing this under the Local Government Act – section 430 investigations and section 438U public inquiries.
Under section 430, the Deputy Secretary, Local Government, Planning and Policy has the power to carry out investigations into council operations. Investigations can be general or in respect of a particular matter. This power is generally only used if a council’s conduct is having a serious impact on the local community.