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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Local government legislation

The Local Government Division is responsible for administering the following legislation:

There are also several "executed" Acts, or legislation enacted for a one-off purpose which has now been achieved. An example is the Local Government (Deferred Elections) Act 1990.

Details of this legislation, and the subordinate legislation (or regulations) under each Act can be found at the Tasmanian Legislation database

See also:

Council by-laws
Local Government Act Review

Right to Information Act 2009

Accessing council information from 1 July 2010

The Right to Information Act 2009, which commenced on 1 July 2010, introduces a new 'right to information' framework to replace the Freedom of Information Act 1991.

The new Act applies to all Tasmanian government agencies, including councils and council-owned companies.  The objective of the Act is to ensure that the maximum amount of official information is provided to the public.  It requires councils and other government agencies to take a proactive approach to the release of information.

The Act includes a specific exemption for council information that is contained in the minutes of a closed meeting of a council or if the information is proposed by a council officer or councillor for the purpose of being submitted to a closed meeting (and which was brought into existence for that purpose).

There a number of other exemptions that may apply to information in the possession of a council or other government agency.

Further information is available on the Department of Justice website at and the Act may be viewed at

Local Government (Meeting Procedures) Amendment Regulations 2010

Minor amendments to the Local Government (Meeting Procedures) Regulations 2005 will commence on gazettal on 21 July 2010. The amendments to these regulations include:

  • clarifying the definition of a 'council workshop'
  • omitting references to the repealed Freedom of Information Act 1991 and including new references to the Right to Information Act 2009, which commenced on 1 July 2010
  • clarifying that the general manager is to record in the minutes of a closed meeting those matters required to be recorded for open meetings.