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, which make decisions and deliver services to their communities without intervention from the state government.
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 local councils.
Consulting with local councils
The Consultation Flowchart - Legislative Proposals (PDF 77KB) sets out the processes for developing legislative proposals, which impact local government.
It brings state and local government together to work closely on legal change.
A summary paper (PDF 34KB) provides an overview of the process and sets out the role of state government 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