Better Practice Local Laws
Local Government Victoria (LGV) developed a suite of resources in response to the Better Practice Local Laws Strategy (the strategy) (PDF 225 KB) or (Word 249 KB), released in December 2008.
The strategy presented a number of recommendations on how to reduce the red tape, duplication and overlap in regulation and services due to inconsistent local laws. Recommendations on lowering council operating costs and reducing costs to businesses were also presented in the strategy.
Following the release of the strategy, LGV worked closely with council representatives and peak bodies to develop the Guidelines for Local Laws (the guidelines), released in February 2010.
The guidelines and associated materials are a comprehensive suite of resources to support councils to achieve best practice local law making and ensure a consistent level of performance between councils.
The Better Practice Local Law resources include:
|Better Practice Local Laws Overview (PDF 215 KB) or (Word 750 KB)
||A summary of the guidelines|
|Better Practice Local Laws Manual (PDF 1.8 MB) or (Word 1.2 MB)
||A step-by-step operational guide|
|Better Practice Local Laws Resource Book (PDF 2.6 MB) or (Word 237 KB)
||Case studies and examples to supplement the manual|
||Workshops and online resources developed with LGPro|
Better Practice Local Laws online resources
The Better Practice Local Laws website is an informative website designed for and by council officers to guide councils through the process of preparing, creating, implementing, enforcing and reviewing local laws. It hosts the Better Practice Local Laws resources.
Better Practice Local Law Pilot Program
In 2010/11, LGPro with LGV developed and delivered a pilot project to directly assist self-nominating councils to undertake a local law review in line with the guidelines.
The pilot project was extremely successful and a number of case studies and materials have been developed to complement the strategy and guidelines. These resources are available on the Better Practice Local Laws website.
Following on from the successful pilot program, a second program is being rolled out in 2012/13.
If you would like further information, please contact Local Government Victoria.