Office of Local Government
About the Office
The Office of Local Government provides policy and other advice to the Minister for Local Government on:
- the constitution and operations of the local government system, particularly the legislative framework for councils' operation
- the two statutory authorities for which the Minister is responsible
- whole of government policy and legislative frameworks affecting local government
- the constructive relationship between the state government, local councils and associated representative groups.
About local government in South Australia
Local government in South Australia is made up of 68 councils.
The following Acts create the legal framework within which local government operates:
- Constitution Act 1934
- Local Government Act 1999
- Local Government (Elections) Act 1999
These Acts can be accessed via the South Australian Legislation website.
Councils are primarily accountable to their communities in carrying out their roles and functions and achieving their objectives. The Local Government Act 1999 gives councils broad powers to make decisions and deliver services without intervention from the state government or the Minister. Councils therefore have considerable discretion in exercising their powers and responsibilities and in planning for the needs of their communities.
Local Government (Boundary Adjustment) Amendment Bill 2016
The Local Government (Boundary Adjustment) Amendment Bill 2016 passed the Legislative Council on 8 August 2017. The Bill will reform the legislative provisions that govern how council boundaries can be changed under the Local Government Act 1999.
Office address: Level 3, 77 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (08) 7109 7145
Postal address: GPO Box 1533, Adelaide SA 5001