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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

CHAPTER 1--PRELIMINARY

   PART 1.1--SHORT TITLE AND COMMENCEMENT

   1.      Short title  
   2.      Commencement  

   PART 1.2--INTERPRETATION

   3.      Definitions  
   4.      Associates  
   4A.     Public notice  

   PART 1.3--AGENCY

   5.      Agency  

   PART 1.4--ACT TO BIND TERRITORY ETC.

   6.      Act to bind the Territory and other jurisdictions  

   PART 1.5--APPLICATION OF CRIMINAL CODE

   6A.     Application of Criminal Code  

CHAPTER 2--SYSTEM OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

   PART 2.1--LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS

   7.      Local government system  
   8.      Municipalities, regions and shires  

   PART 2.2--CONSTITUTIVE POWERS

   9.      Power to establish local government etc.  
   10.     Consequential adjustment of rights and liabilities  
   10A.    By-laws  

   PART 2.3--ROLE, FUNCTIONS AND OBJECTIVES OF COUNCILS

   11.     Principal role of council  
   12.     Functions of a council  
   13.     Objectives of a council  
   14.     Operations outside area  

CHAPTER 3--PLANNING AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

   PART 3.2--MUNICIPAL, REGIONAL OR SHIRE PLANS

   22.     Municipal, regional or shire plan  
   23.     Contents of municipal, regional or shire plan  
   24.     Annual review of municipal, regional or shire plan  
   24A.    Core services  

CHAPTER 4--COUNCIL AND ITS MEMBERS

   PART 4.1--COUNCIL AS A BODY CORPORATE

           Division 1--Corporate nature, capacity and powers of council

   25.     Council to be body corporate etc.  
   26.     How council acts in its corporate capacity  

           Division 2--Formation of local government subsidiary

   27.     Local government subsidiary  
   28.     Corporate identity and functions of local government subsidiary  
   29.     Constitution of local government subsidiary  
   30.     Reporting obligations  
   31.     Abolition of local government subsidiary  

           Division 3--Delegation

   32.     Delegation  

   PART 4.2--COUNCIL MEMBERS

           Division 1--Composition of council

   33.     Composition of council  
   34.     Vacancy etc. in office of member  

           Division 2--Role of members

   35.     Role of members  

           Division 3--Terms and conditions of membership

   36.     Eligibility for membership  
   37.     Disqualification  
   38.     Basic term of office  
   39.     Casual vacancies  
   40.     Determination of eligibility for office  
   41.     Immunity from liability  

   PART 4.3--PRINCIPAL MEMBER OF COUNCIL

   42.     Mayor or President  
   43.     Role of principal member (and deputy or acting principal member)  
   44.     Election or appointment of principal member  
   45.     Appointment or election of principal member (and deputy)  
   46.     Term of office and casual vacancies  

   PART 4.4--COUNCIL OFFICE

   47.     Council office  

CHAPTER 5--LOCAL AUTHORITIES, LOCAL BOARDS AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES

   PART 5.1--LOCAL BOARDS

   48.     Object  
   49.     Establishment of local boards  
   50.     Petition for establishment of local boards  
   51.     Constitution of local boards  
   52.     Functions of local boards  
   53.     Procedure  

   PART 5.1A--LOCAL AUTHORITIES

   53A.    Object  
   53B.    Establishment of local authorities  
   53C.    Constitution of local authority  
   53D.    Functions of local authority  
   53E.    Limits on functions of local authority  
   53F.    Reporting  

   PART 5.2--COUNCIL COMMITTEES

   54.     Council committees  
   55.     Nature of committee's functions  
   56.     Control and direction by the council  
   57.     Procedure  

CHAPTER 6--MEETINGS

   PART 6.1--COUNCIL MEETINGS

   58.     Nature and timing of council meetings  
   59.     Convening of meetings  
   60.     Business to be considered at a meeting  
   61.     Procedure at meeting  

   PART 6.2--MEETINGS OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES, LOCAL BOARDS AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES

   62.     Timing of meetings of local authorities, local boards, and council committees  
   63.     Convening of meetings  
   64.     Procedure at meeting  

   PART 6.3--PROVISIONS OF GENERAL APPLICATION TO MEETINGS OF COUNCILS, LOCAL AUTHORITIES, LOCAL BOARDS, AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES

   65.     Meetings to be open to the public  
   66.     Postponement of meeting  
   67.     Minutes  

   PART 6.4--MEETINGS OF ELECTORS

   68.     Calling meeting of electors  
   69.     Procedure at meeting  
   70.     Effect of resolution passed at meeting of electors  

CHAPTER 7--RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS

   PART 7.1--ALLOWANCES AND EXPENSES

   71.     Allowances  
   72.     Expenses  

   PART 7.2--CONFLICT OF INTEREST

   73.     Conflict of interest  
   74.     Disclosure of interest  

   PART 7.3--CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

   75.     Improper disclosure of information  
   76.     Improper use of information  

   PART 7.4--CODE OF CONDUCT

           Division 1--Making or adoption of code of conduct

   77.     Obligation to have code of conduct  
   78.     Making or adoption of code of conduct  

           Division 2--Disciplinary proceedings

   79.     Complaints of breach of code of conduct  
   80.     Disciplinary committees  
   80A.    Term of office of eligible persons  
   80B.    Vacation of office  
   80C.    Termination of appointment  
   80D.    Constitution of disciplinary committee to deal with complaint  
   81.     Procedure of disciplinary committee  
   81A.    Replacement of member  
   81B.    Report of proceedings of disciplinary committee  
   82.     Application for review of decision  

   PART 7.5--REMOVAL FROM OFFICE ON DISCIPLINARY GROUNDS

   83.     Removal of member from office  

CHAPTER 8--ELECTIONS AND POLLS

   PART 8.1--GENERAL ELECTIONS

   84.     Minister's power to call general election  
   85.     Periodic general elections  

   PART 8.2--BY-ELECTIONS

   86.     By-elections  
   86A.    Resolution for mandatory postal vote election  

   PART 8.3--ELECTORS AND ELECTORAL ROLLS

   87.     Entitlement to vote  
   88.     Electoral rolls  
   88A.    Use of electoral roll for by-election  

   PART 8.4--CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS

   89.     Conduct of elections and polls  
   90.     Voting  

   PART 8.5--ELECTORAL DISPUTES

   91.     Disputing validity of election or poll  
   92.     Service of application  
   94.     Powers of Civil and Administrative Tribunal  
   95.     Exclusive method of challenge  

   PART 8.6--MISCELLANEOUS

   96.     Minister's powers in relation to election  
   96A.    Caretaker policy during general election  
   97.     Interference with proper conduct of election or poll  
   98.     Secrecy of vote  
   99.     Offences relating to campaign material  

CHAPTER 9--COUNCIL STAFF

   PART 9.1--COUNCIL'S CEO

   100.    CEO  
   101.    Role and functions of CEO  
   102.    Delegation by CEO  

   PART 9.2--OTHER STAFF

   103.    Other staff of the council  

   PART 9.3--PRINCIPLES AND POLICIES

   104.    Principles of human resource management  
   105.    Statement of employment policies  

   PART 9.4--STAFF OBLIGATIONS

   106.    Standards to be observed by council staff  
   107.    Conflict of interest  
   108.    Disclosure of confidential information  

   PART 9.5--RIGHTS AND IMMUNITIES OF STAFF

   109.    Portability of long service leave rights  
   110.    Resignation to contest election  
   111.    Immunity from personal liability  

   PART 9.6--AUTHORISED PERSONS

           Division 1--Appointment of authorised persons

   112.    Appointment of authorised persons  
   113.    Powers of authorised persons  
   114.    Identity cards for authorised persons  

           Division 2--General powers of authorised person

   115.    Power to require statement of name and address  
   116.    Power to enter land or premises  
   117.    Assistance of police  

           Division 3--Obstruction of authorised person

   118.    Obstruction  

CHAPTER 10--FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

   PART 10.1--RECEIPT AND EXPENDITURE OF MONEY

   119.    Authorised deposit accounts  
   120.    Segregation of certain money  

   PART 10.2--INVESTMENT

   121.    Investment  

   PART 10.3--COUNCIL BORROWING

   122.    Meaning of borrowing  
   123.    Council's power to borrow  
   124.    Security for borrowing  
   125.    Security over general revenue  

   PART 10.4--LONG-TERM FINANCIAL PLANS

   126.    Long-term financial plan  

   PART 10.5--ANNUAL BUDGETS

   127.    Annual budgets  
   128.    Adoption of budget or amendment  

   PART 10.6--ACCOUNTING RECORDS

   129.    Accounting records  
   130.    Availability of records for inspection  

   PART 10.7--ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT

   131.    Annual financial statement  
   132.    Reference of annual financial statement for audit  

   PART 10.8--AUDIT

           Division 1--Auditor

   133.    Auditor  
   134.    Appointment by the Minister  

           Division 2--Audit

   135.    Annual audit  
   136.    Other audits  
   137.    Assistance to be provided to the auditor  

   PART 10.9--RECTIFICATION ORDERS

   138.    Power of Minister to make rectification order  
   139.    Non-compliance with order  

CHAPTER 11--RATES AND CHARGES

   PART 11.1--RATEABILITY

   140.    Categorisation of land  
   141.    Rateable land  
   142.    Conditionally rateable land  
   143.    Urban farm land  
   144.    Exempt land  
   145.    Special cases  
   146.    Apportionment where land rateable for part only of a financial year  

   PART 11.2--BASIS FOR ASSESSMENT OF RATES

   147.    Allotments  
   148.    Basis of rates  
   149.    Basis of assessed value  

   PART 11.3--LIABILITY FOR RATES

   150.    Joint and several liability  
   151.    Principal ratepayer for an allotment  

   PART 11.4--ASSESSMENT RECORD

   152.    Assessment record  
   153.    Notifications to be given by ratepayers  
   154.    Correction of record  

   PART 11.5--IMPOSITION OF RATES AND CHARGES

           Division 1--General and special rates

   155.    General rates  
   156.    Special rates  

           Division 2--Charges

   157.    Imposition of charges  

   PART 11.6--GENERAL AND PARTICULAR NOTICE

   158.    Public notice  
   159.    Rates notice  
   160.    Discount for prompt payment  
   161.    Payment by instalment  

   PART 11.7--INTEREST ON UNPAID RATES

   162.    Accrual of interest on overdue rates  
   163.    Remission of interest  

   PART 11.8--RATE CONCESSIONS

   164.    Rate concessions  
   165.    Rate concession to alleviate financial hardship  
   166.    Correction of anomalies in operation of rating system  
   167.    Public benefit concessions  

   PART 11.9--RECOVERY OF RATES

           Division 1--Application of this Part

   168.    Extended meaning of rates in this Part  

           Division 2--Recovery by action

   169.    Recovery by action  

           Division 3--Overriding statutory charge

   170.    Overdue rates to be a charge on land  
   171.    Registration of charge  
   172.    Effect of registered charge  

           Division 4--Sale of land

   173.    Power to sell land for non-payment of rates  
   174.    Pre-conditions of sale  
   175.    Sale of land  
   176.    Proceeds of sale  

   PART 11.10--CORRECTION OF ERRORS

   177.    Correction of errors  

CHAPTER 12--COUNCIL PROPERTY

   PART 12.1--PROPERTY GENERALLY

   178.    Acquisition of property  
   179.    Assumption of care control and management of land  
   180.    Power to develop and improve land  
   181.    Power to act as trustee  
   182.    Power to deal with and dispose of property  

   PART 12.2--RESERVES AND CEMETERIES

   183.    Reserves  
   184.    Public cemeteries  

   PART 12.3--ROADS

   185.    Roads  
   186.    Care control and management of roads  
   187.    Closing of roads  

CHAPTER 13--REGULATORY POWERS

   PART 13.1--BY-LAWS

   188.    Power to make by-laws  
   189.    Principles applying to by-laws  
   190.    Making by-laws  
   191.    Model by-laws  
   192.    Register of by-laws and certified copies  

   PART 13.2--REGULATORY ORDERS

           Division 1--Categories of regulatory order

   193.    Visual pollution  
   194.    Mitigation of hazard or nuisance  
   195.    Animals and activities involving animals  

           Division 2--Regulatory orders generally

   196.    Review of orders  
   197.    Time for carrying out work under regulatory order  
   198.    Non-compliance with order  

CHAPTER 14--REPORTING AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

   PART 14.1--ANNUAL REPORTS

   199.    Annual reports  

   PART 14.2--PUBLIC ACCESS TO INFORMATION

   200.    Information to be publicly available  
   200A.   Public availability  
   201.    Suppression of certain information  

CHAPTER 15--COMPLIANCE REVIEWS AND INVESTIGATIONS

   PART 15.1--INSPECTORS

   202.    Inspectors  
   203.    Identity cards for inspectors  
   204.    Functions of an inspector  

   PART 15.2--COMPLIANCE REVIEW

   205.    Program of compliance reviews  
   206.    Carrying out of compliance review  
   207.    Agency must report on results of compliance review  

   PART 15.3--INVESTIGATIONS

   208.    Investigations  

   PART 15.4--POWERS OF INSPECTOR

   209.    Power of entry and access  
   210.    Power of formal questioning  
   211.    Inspector's report  

   PART 15.5--AGENCY'S POWER TO REMEDY IRREGULARITY

   212.    Power to commence proceedings to recover loss  
   213.    Power to impose surcharge  
   214.    Recovery of surcharge  

CHAPTER 16--INQUIRIES

   PART 16.1--ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION

   215.    Establishment of commission of inquiry  
   216.    Commissioner's terms of office  

   PART 16.2--CONDUCT OF INQUIRY

   217.    Conduct of inquiry  
   218.    Evidentiary powers of commission  
   219.    Legal representation  
   220.    Re-opening of inquiry  
   221.    Report of commission of inquiry  

CHAPTER 17--DEFAULTING COUNCILS

   PART 17.1--SUGGESTED REMEDIAL ACTION

   222.    Suggested action to remedy deficiencies  

   PART 17.2--REQUIRED REMEDIAL ACTION

   223.    Power to require action to remedy deficiencies  

   PART 17.3--OFFICIAL MANAGEMENT

   224.    Official management of councils  
   225.    Official manager  
   226.    Election after dismissal of members  

CHAPTER 18--REVIEW AND APPEAL

   PART 18.1--INTERNAL REVIEW

   227.    Reviewable decisions  
   228.    Right to apply for review  
   229.    Consideration of application by administrative review committee  
   230.    Council's decision on recommendation  
   231.    Review of council's decision  

   PART 18.2--REVIEW OF DECISIONS

   232.    Jurisdiction of Civil and Administrative Tribunal  
   233.    Review does not affect decisions and orders  

CHAPTER 19--MISCELLANEOUS

   PART 19.1--LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

   242.    Continuance of the Local Government Association  

   PART 19.3--LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

   244.    Commencement of legal proceedings on behalf of council  
   245.    Infringement notice offences  
   246.    Monetary penalties  
   247.    Recovery of damages  

   PART 19.4--SERVICE OF DOCUMENTS

   248.    Service of documents on council  
   249.    Service of documents by council  

   PART 19.5--EVIDENCE

   250.    Judicial notice to be taken of certain facts  
   251.    Certified copies of minutes  
   252.    Evidence of land ownership  

   PART 19.6--MISLEADING REPRESENTATIONS

   253.    Misleading representations  

   PART 19.7--CARRYING OUT WORK ON LAND

   254.    Occupier entitled to carry out work on land  
   255.    Owner entitled to re-enter land to carry out work  

   PART 19.8--CERTIFICATES OF LIABILITIES, ETC.

   256.    Certificates  

   PART 19.9--ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY

   257.    Acquisition of property  

   PART 19.10--GUIDELINES AND REGULATIONS

   258.    Guidelines  
   259.    Regulations  

CHAPTER 20--REPEALS AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

   PART 20.1--REPEALS

   260.    Acts repealed  

   PART 20.2--TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 2008

   261.    Definitions  
   262.    Constitution of new councils  
   263.    Continuation of existing nominees, appointees etc.  
   264.    Continuation of existing councils  
   265.    Special provisions for Top End councils  
   266.    Roads  
   267.    Approved proposal for rating conditionally rateable land in the 2008/2009 financial year  
   268.    Rating limitations for early period of the operation of this Act  
   269.    Dissolution of Binjari Community Government Council  
   270.    Preservation of local government functions of Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited  
   271.    Special provision permitting certain councils to establish policy of allowing Chair of council meeting to exercise casting vote  
   272.    Continuation of Local Government (Darwin Parking Local Rates) Regulations  

   PART 20.3--TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS FOR ELECTORAL AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT ACT 2011

   273.    Member of council who is also employee of council  
   274.    Savings – failed election  

   PART 20.4--TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT ACT 2013

   275.    Regional management plans  

   PART 20.5--TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT ACT 2014

   276.    Disciplinary committees  
   277.    Caretaker policy  
   278.    Long service leave rights  

   PART 20.6--TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION AMENDMENT ACT 2015

   279.    Definitions  
   280.    Applications to LGT – pending decision  
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