Local Government (General) Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020

 The objects of this Regulation are:

(a) to introduce the following temporary modifications to the application of provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 in response to the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

(i) pushing back dates on which certain things must be done by councils (including the adoptionof annual operational plans, preparation and auditing of financial records and the preparationof annual reports),

(ii) providing additional time for the payment of an instalment of annual rates and charges,

(iii) permitting councils to waive payment of, or reduce, a fee in a category of cases without firstgiving public notice of that category if the category relates to a response to the COVID-19pandemic,

(iv) removing the need for councils to make certain documents available for inspection bymembers of the public in the offices of the councils and to instead make these documents available by other means, and

(b) to remove requirements on councils to publish certain notices and advertisements in newspapers and to instead require publication on council websites and in other ways that a particular council (or in the case of a notice relating to a constitutional referendum or council poll, the relevant election manager) considers necessary to bring the notice or advertisement to the attention of appropriate persons, and

(c) to provide that a water supply restriction may be imposed by a council by notice published on the website of the council rather than in a newspaper.

This Regulation is made under the Local Government Act 1993, including sections 747B and 748 (the general regulation-making power) and Schedule 6.

View the Regulation here.


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