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The most ambitious and comprehensive reform of local government in Victoria for 30 years, the Act will improve local government democracy, accountability and service delivery for all Victorians.

The Act received Royal Assent on 24 March and the first phase of reforms will be proclaimed on April 6 – see below for more information.

Read The Act

Implementing the Act

The Act will be implemented in 4 stages, delivering to the 5 key reform themes.

Local Government Victoria is working with councils and sector peak organisations to implement the Act.

This includes engagement with the sector and communities, including opportunities to co-design some elements of the reforms.

Reform themes - 1. Improved service delivery 2. Strong local democracy 3. Improve conduct. 4. Community confidence. 5. A new relationship

Supporting material and information

A range of guidance material and support for councils is under development and will be made available via this website once finalised.

Read the Council implementation timelines

How we got here

The Local Government Act 2020 is the result of a four year review of the Local Government Act 1989.

The new Act was developed through rigorous consultation with councils, peak bodies and the community.

Read about the Local Government Act 1989 review process

Page last updated: 25/03/20