Accountable
and Transparent
Local Government

Accountable
and Transparent
Local Government

The Marshall Liberal Government has significantly reformed local government to improve accountability and transparency.

What we said we'd do

Implement a Local Government Rate Capping scheme

What we've done

The Marshall Liberal Government introduced legislation to Parliament to reduce your cost of living by capping council rates.

Unfortunately, Labor blocked this legislation in the Upper House, sentencing South Australian families and businesses to large increases and higher rates. In fact, the Labor Party’s opposition to rate capping cost families and businesses an extra $19 million in the 2019-20 financial year alone.

However, the Marshall Liberal Government did introduce significant reforms to local government that increased accountability and transparency.

These reforms are the biggest in 20 years and will ensure more transparency on council rate rises, CEO salaries, and the number of councilors serving while also cracking down on bad council behaviour.

In addition, an independent Behaviour Standards Panel was established to ensure complaints about serious or repeated misbehaviour can be investigated quickly and impartially.

This new legislation was developed in consultation with the local government sector and strikes the right balance between keeping rate rises down while ensuring councils can continue to deliver important community services.

Cheaper council rates are only part of how we are delivering on our promise to lower costs for households and businesses, with the average household saving $1,092 per year under the Marshall Liberal Government.

What it means for you

  • Reducing your cost of living
  • Your local council will be more transparent and efficient
  • More accountability for local councils

Policy snapshot

  • We have implemented the biggest local government reforms in 20 years.
  • We passed legislation to make council rates and CEO salaries transparent whilst also cracking down on bad council behaviour.
  • We introduced legislation to cap council rates but the Labor Party blocked our legislation in the Upper House.
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The Marshall Liberal Government has significantly reformed local government to improve accountability and transparency.

The Marshall Liberal Government has significantly reformed local government to improve accountability and transparency.