Western Australia, Australia, local Plebiscite [ATP] - Legislative power of local governments [General]

General Typology

Plebiscite [ATP]
Western Australia, Australia
Political level
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Legislative power of local governments [General]
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Division 2 — Legislative functions of local governments 

3.5. Legislative power of local governments 

(1) A local government may make local laws under this Act prescribing all matters that are required or permitted to be prescribed by a local law, or are necessary or convenient to be so prescribed, for it to perform any of its functions under this Act.
(2) A local law made under this Act does not apply outside the local government’s district unless it is made to apply outside the district under section 3.6.
(3) The power conferred on a local government by subsection (1) is in addition to any power to make local laws conferred on it by any other Act.
(4A) Nothing in the Building Act 2011 prevents a local government from making local laws under this Act about building work, demolition work, a standard for the construction or demolition of buildings or incidental structures, or the use and maintenance of, and requirements in relation to, existing buildings or incidental structures, as those terms are defined in section 3 of that Act. (4B) Nothing in the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911 or the Public Health Act 2016 prevents a local government from making local laws under this Act about matters relating to public health (as defined in the Public Health Act 2016 section 4(1)).
(4) Regulations may set out —
(a) matters about which, or purposes for which, local laws are not to be made; or (b) kinds of local laws that are not to be made, and a local government cannot make a local law about such a matter, or for such a purpose or of such a kind.
(5) Regulations may set out such transitional arrangements as are necessary or convenient to deal with a local law ceasing to have effect because the power to make it has been removed by regulations under subsection (4). 

References: Western Australia Local Government Act 1995 (accessed March 30,2020)

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General rule to  allow local governments to make laws (maybe for further citizen participation)


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