Barnett moves to put WA councils under auditor-general’s watch

Western Australian councils can expect closer and more public oversight of their finances and performance in future with the state government finally moving to bring them into the auditor-general’s remit, 10 years after such a move was first proposed.

Announcing the introduction of amendments to state parliament yesterday, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said:

“The Western Australian community has an expectation that all levels of government, including local governments, are open and accountable. This bill will provide an independent oversight of local governments, which will be scrutinised for potential instances of wastage, inefficiency or ineffectiveness.

“The state government is committed to ensuring that West Australians benefit from responsive and accountable local governments.”

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