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18-19 Changes relating to the publication of notices

Date: Wednesday 27th June 2018
Category: Council Circular

Circular Details 18-19 / 27 June 2018 / A598910
Who should read this Councillors / General Managers / All council staff
Contact Council Governance / (02) 4428 4100 /
Action required Information / Council to Implement
PDF Version of Circular  18-19 Changes relating to the publication of notices 

What’s new or changing

  • The NSW Parliament has passed the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2018, which contains a number of amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act).
  • These amendments relate to the publication of notices, and enhance efficiency and flexibility for councils by:
    • removing the requirement for certain notices to be published in newspapers
    • allowing councils to determine the method of publication they will use to best bring a notice to the public’s attention.


What this will mean for your council

  • The changes will affect the following matters within the Act:
    • leases, licences and other estates in respect of community land (for terms of more than 5 years), section 47
    • advertising of senior staff positions, section 348
    • the alternative use of money raised by special rates or charges, section 410
    • public consultation on proposals to establish alcohol free zones, section 644A
    • the establishment, suspension or cancellation of alcohol free zones, section 644B and 645
    • the publication of notices in the Gazette and elsewhere, section 707
    • the service of notices on persons, section 710
    • a notice of proposal to sell land, section 715.


Key points

  • The changes take effect from 1 August 2018.
  • Any requirement in the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 to publish a notice in a newspaper continues to apply.
  • Councils will be advised of any changes to the Regulation when they occur.

Where to go for further information


Tim Hurst
Acting Chief Executive

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