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Local councils will be required to publish annual reports under the new legislation. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Legislation to allow AG to audit local councils

The state government has introduced priority legislation that would give the auditor general new powers to audit local government councils, in order to raise the standard of accountability in the sector.

Under the Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Bill, the auditor general’s powers will be extended to audit local government councils and provide independent oversight of the sector.

The legislation will also give ratepayers better access to an independent assessment of their council’s financial position, as local governments will be required to publish their annual reports.

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