Office of Local Government (New South Wales)

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New South Wales
Office of Local Government
Agency overview
Formed 1993
Preceding agencies Division of Local Government
Department of Local Government
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Headquarters Nowra[1]
Minister responsible Hon. Paul Toole MP, Minister for Local Government
Agency executives Steve Orr,
Acting Chief Executive, Local Government
Paul Chapman,
Manager Legislative Review, Local Government
Parent agency Department of Planning and Environment
Key document Local Government Act, 1993 (NSW)

The New South Wales Office of Local Government, an agency of the Department of Planning and Environment in the Government of New South Wales, is responsible for administering legislation in relation to local government areas in New South Wales.

The office is led by its Chief Executive, currently acting Steve Orr, who reports to the Minister for Local Government, currently the Honourable Paul Toole MP.

The office and its antecedent agency was established in 1993, pursuant to the Local Government Act, 1993 (NSW).

Divisional responsibilities[edit]

The role of the office includes preparing legislation, providing advice and information to the State Government and local councils, regulating financial management and monitoring financial reporting practices of councils, and improving local government performance through provision of standards and guidelines and conducting reviews and investigations (often called Section 430 investigations).

As part of a drive to locate government offices in regional areas, the office's head office is in the regional town of Nowra on the South Coast, but an office in Castlereagh Street in Sydney CBD also provides Divisional services.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Division of Local Government". Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 6 November 2006. 

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