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Better Practice Review

The Local Government Better Practice Review (BPR) Program is an initiative undertaken by the Department of Local Government and Communities (Department) to recognise and promote good practice in Western Australian country local governments. The BPR Program is part of the State Government’s Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) Capacity Building Program.

The BPR Program involves a team assigned to work closely with local governments to review key areas of that local government’s activities and operations.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Generate momentum for a culture of continuous improvement and greater compliance across the local government sector.
  • Promote good governance and ethical regulation.
  • Identify and share innovation and best practice in the local government sector.
  • Act as a ‘health check’ by providing departmental advice and support to local governments that may be experiencing operational problems.

The Shire of Irwin participated in the Better Practice Review program in 2015 and a copy of the final, adopted report is provided below:

Shire of Irwin Better Practice Review Final Report

Compliance Audit Return

Each local government is required to carry out a complaince audit for each calendar year which is to be reviewed by the Shire's Audit Committee, adopted by Council and submitted to the Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC) by 31 March. A copy of the latest Compliance Audit Return report is provided below;

2015 Compliance Audit Return

Delegated Authority

The Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) allows for a local government to delegate to the Chief Executive Officer the exercise of any of its powers or the discharge of any of its duties under the Act. All delegations made by the Council must be by absolute majority decision.

The Act allows for the Chief Executive Officer to delegate any of his powers to another employee, this must be done in writing. The Act allows for the Chief Executive Officer to place conditions on any delegations if he desires.

A register of delegations relevant to the Chief Executive Officer and other employees is to be kept and reviewed at least once every financial year.

The aim of the Register of Delegated Authority is to assist with improving the time taken to make decisions within the constraints allowed by the relevant legislation.

A copy of the Shire's Delegation Register can be downloaded here.

Gift and Travel Disclosures

The Shire's current registers for Gift and Travel Disclosures are provided below;

1. Gifts

NAME OF RELEVANT PERSON MAKING DISCLOSUREDESCRIPTION OF GIFTNAME OF PERSON WHO MADE GIFTADDRESS OF PERSON WHO MADE GIFTDATE GIFT WAS RECEIVEDESTIMATED VALUE OF GIFT AT TIME IT WAS MADENATURE OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELEVANT PERSON AND PERSON WHO MADE GIFT
Darren Simmons Invitation to attend Midwest CEDA Conference and sit at RAC table (RAC were conference sponsor) Patrick Walker, RAC WA 832 Wellington Street, Perth WA 6005 3 March 2016 $250 Economic Development stakeholder
Cr David Kennedy  Name badges, business cards, polo shirts, corflutes, car magnets, postage, printing and graphics  National Party of Australia (WA) Inc Level 1, 3 Ord Street, West Perth WA 6005  16 November 2016  $2,506.16  Political Party
Mr Darren Simmons VIP Long Table Lunch Ticket - Lobster and Land Food Festival Dongara - Port Denison Sub-Committee of the MWCCI 130A Flores Road, Geraldton WA 6525 3 April 2017

$120

Event sponsor (Shire) representative as agreed with Shire President and Deputy Shire President
Mr Darren Simmons Civic Legal CEO Function (Annual WALGA Convention) Civic Legal PO Box 7432, Cloisters Square, Perth WA 6850 1 August 2017

$75

Potential Client

2. Contributions to Travel

NAME OF RELEVANT PERSON MAKING DISCLOSUREDESCRIPTION OF CONTROBUTIONNAME OF PERSON WHO MADE CONTRIBUTIONADDRESS OF PERSON WHO MADE CONTRIBUTIONDATE CONTRIBUTION WAS RECEIVEDESTIMATED VALUE OF CONTRIBUTION AT TIME IT WAS MADENATURE OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELEVANT PERSON AND PERSON WHO MADE CONTRIBUTIONDESCRIPTION OF TRAVELDATE OF TRAVEL
                 
                 

Changes have been made to the Local Government Act 1995 regarding how and when gifts and travel are to be declared by elected council members and designated employees.

The City of Perth Bill 2015 has amended the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) to provide that a relevant person who accepts a gift which is worth greater than $200 must disclose acceptance of the gift within ten days of receipt to the Chief Executive Officer, rather than in an annual return.  All contributions to travel over $200 must also be disclosed.  

The disclosures required are not intended to prevent councillors or designated employees from accepting gifts or contributions to travel that occur as part of their everyday life and activities. Given the significant responsibilities of working in local government – including overseeing budgets, deciding on major developments, and making decisions that affect the daily lives of ratepayers – it is important to have a high level of transparency and accountability to the public.  

The CEO is required to keep a record of the disclosures by way of a register. This is to be published on the local government’s official website as well as made available for public inspection at the council offices.  

A copy of the Disclosure of Gifts and Travel Contributions can be downloaded here.

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