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December 2005

The Research and Evaluation Services recently completed the Strategy to Evaluate Local Government Legislation. The Strategy outlines the Department’s proposed programme for evaluating key local government legislation over the next ten years.

Three main pieces of legislation that define the roles, responsibilities, powers and accountabilities of the local government form the basis of the evaluation – the Local Government Act 2002, the Local Electoral Act 2001, and the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002. Together, these three pieces of legislation provide an empowering framework that allows local authorities to be responsive to the diverse needs of the communities they represent. DIA is responsible for administering the legislation and providing policy advice to the Minister of Local Government.

The evaluation aims to assess the extent to which the new legislative framework is operating as intended and achieving the results expected for local government and communities. The evaluation also will provide information for the Local Government Commission's report on the LEA and LGA, which is due after the 2007 local elections.

The Strategy is comprised of the following sections:

  • The scope of the evaluation (section 2)
  • The purposes and key provisions of the three new Acts, with a focus on the main changes the legislation has introduced and how these changes affect local government and communities (section 3)
  • The main objectives of the evaluation and the proposed approach (section 4)
  • The key evaluation questions and the sources of data and information that will be used to answer these questions (section 5); and
  • The timetable for the evaluation.

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