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Legislative framework

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. 

    Legal framework

    The following Acts establish the legal framework that local councils operate within: 

    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