Local government is the third sphere of government is Australia. It is often described as the sphere of government closest to the community.
Local government provides a range of services, infrastructure and facilities for residents and visitors within distinct geographical areas. It is responsible for implementing many diverse programs, policies and local laws. Councils must respond and plan for local community needs.
Put simply, local government councils look after matters close to our homes including local roads, street signage, lighting, footpaths, parking, cycle ways, parks and playgrounds, sporting fields and swimming pools, pet control, land and coast care programs, libraries, waste management, and community programs such as child and aged care – and in some places, act as Centrelink and Australia Post.
Section 21 of the NT Local Government Act 2019 (the Act) states that the principal role of a council is:
Section 22 of the Act states that the functions of councils include:
The functions of a council may, if the council decides to perform the functions, include the following:
Unlike in all other states, local government in the Northern Territory does not have responsibility for the functions of the following: