​​Local Government Reforms 2024​

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On 19 June 2024, the Local Government Amendment (Governance and Integrity) Bill 2024 was passed by Parliament. The Bill makes a series of amendments to the Local Government Act 2020 (the LG Act 2020) to support better council integrity, accountability, and governance across the local government sector ahead of the 2024 council general elections.

Read more about the Bill on the Local Government Victoria website.

Local Government Victoria (LGV) is seeking feedback on the making of Regulations that will give effect to the reforms in the Bill that will:

  • introduce a Model Councillor Code of Conduct for all 79 councils across the State

  • require councillors to undertake annual professional development training

  • require mayors and deputy mayors to take mayoral training upon being elected to those positions.

Consultations will occur over two stages and are open to anyone. We encourage people who are on council, work in council, or have dealings with their council to take part.

The first stage seeks input from all stakeholders regarding:

  • the scope of the Model Councillor Code of Conduct

  • the training syllabus to inform the drafting of the Regulations.

A consultation paper has been developed which outlines what is currently contained in the councillor codes of conduct and the types of training councillors currently undertake.

To provide your feedback on what you think should be included please complete the surveys below.

Professional Development and Mayoral Training

Model Code of Conduct survey

The surveys will close on 15 July 2024.