The Office of Local Government consults with local councils and provides advice on the constitution and operations of local government, particularly the legal framework for councils' operation.
Local government in South Australia is made up of 68 councils. Councils are responsible to their communities for making decisions and delivering services without intervention from the state government or the minister.
Councils have considerable discretion in exercising their powers and responsibilities, and in planning for the needs of their communities.
The following Acts establish the legal framework that local councils operate within:
- Constitution Act 1934
- Local Government Act 1999
- Local Government (Elections) Act 1999
- Local Government (Implementation Act) 1999
- Outback Communities (Administration and Management) Act 2009
- South Australian Local Government Grants Commission Act 1992
The codes of conduct also outline responsibilities for those working within a local council.
Consulting with local councils
When developing legislative proposals that have a significant impact on local government, the Consultation Flowchart - Legislative Proposals (PDF 77KB) sets out the consultation and communication process.
It brings state and local government sectors together to work more closely on legislative change.
A summary paper (PDF 34KB) provides an overview of the process and sets out the role of state government agencies in developing legislative change affecting local government.
Office of Local Government
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (08) 7109 7145
Email: DPTI.OfficeofLocalGovernment [at] sa.gov.au