Better Local Government Programme Background

Cabinet Papers and Minutes

Regulatory Impact statements


Media releases relating to the 2012 Amendment

Media releases relating to the 2014 Amendment

  • View the Minister’s media release from the first reading of the 2014 legislation 3 December 2013 (Beehive website)
  • View the Minister’s media release from the second reading of the 2014 legislation 27 May 2014 (Beehive website)
  • Media release: Council development charges reined in to assist housing affordability 15 August 2013 (Beehive website)
  • Media release: Local Government planning overhauled 28 August 2013 (Beehive website)
  • View the Minister's media release from the third reading of the 2014 legislation 30 July 2013 (Beehive website)
  • Questions & Answers

    Local Government Efficiency Taskforce

    The efficiency taskforce looked at the effectiveness and efficiency of the planning, consultation and financial reporting requirements and practices local government faces.  It reported to the Minister of Local Government in December 2012. 

    Expert Advisory Group on local government infrastructure provision

    The expert advisory group looked at the efficiency of local government infrastructure purchasing, provision and maintenance.  It reported to the Minister of Local Government in March 2013.

    Front cover of the Report of the Local Government Infrastructure Efficiency Expert Advisory Group


    Summary of the 2012 amendments to the legislation

    • Summary of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2012

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    Links to other Government programmes

    Productivity Commission Inquiry

    The Productivity Commission has conducted an inquiry into local government regulation. Its report is available on its website at:

    Housing Affordability

    In October 2012 the Government announced its response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into housing affordability (Treasury website).

    The Government’s response broadened the review of development contributions and added the workstream to explore options for a local government performance monitoring framework to the Better Local Government programme.

    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2010

    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2010 was given Royal assent on 26 November 2010. The Act implements Cabinet's decisions on a package of reforms to improve the transparency, accountability and financial management of local government.

    In February 2013 the Department completed consulting with the public and local authorities on a set of draft performance measures for each group of activities. Feedback provided is currently being considered and will be used to develop the final performance measures.

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