Local government legislation

This page lists the major legislation that affects local governments in the Northern Territory.

Local Government Act

The Local Government Act provides for local government in the Northern Territory.

Regulations made under the Local Government Act include:

Local government guidelines

Guideline 1 - revoked 

Guideline 2: allowances for council members

Previously effective from 6 January 2011 and as replaced on 1 July 2014 to include West Daly Regional Council. 

Guideline 2: allowances for council members (96.0 kb).

Table of maximum allowances applicable for 2016-17 (226.9 kb).

Table of maximum allowances applicable for 2017-18 (227.1 kb)

Refer to General Instruction No. 2 - Council member allowances (832.4 kb).

Guideline 3: appointing a CEO

Guideline 3: appointing a CEO (26.6 kb)

Guideline 4: investments

Guideline 4: investments (162.8 kb).

Guideline 5: borrowing

Guideline 5: borrowing (28.6 kb).

Guideline 6 - revoked

General Instruction Number 1 - conditional rating (1.0 mb).

Guideline 7: disposal of property

Download guideline 7: disposal of property (28.3 kb).

Guideline 8: regional councils and local authorities

Originally effective from 1 January 2014 and as amended on 1 July 2014 to include West Daly Regional Council.

Download guideline 8: regional councils and local authorities (89.6 kb).

Local government general instructions

The Department of Local Government and Regions issues general instructions pursuant to regulation 7 of the Local Government (Accounting) Regulations. 

Local government bylaws

Council by-laws are listed on the Department of the Chief Minister's legislation database.

Councils are responsible for making and enforcing their own by-laws.

LGANT pilot of by-laws program

The Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) is conducting a pilot program to assist councils to make or amend by-laws. 

If your council is seeking new by-laws or changes to current by-laws, and is interested in joining the pilot, please phone Mr Tony Tapsell, CEO LGANT, on (08) 8944 9680.

Local government subsidiaries

Section 27 of the Local Government Act provides for councils and the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory to form separate entities known as local government subsidiaries to carry out functions related to local government on behalf of the constituent councils.

Under section 28 of the Act, the Minister for Local Government uses an NT Government Gazette notice to allow a subsidiary to come into existence on a specific date as a body corporate that has the powers and functions conferred or assigned by its constitution. 

The constitution of a subsidiary must be approved by the Minister, pursuant to section 29(1).

The Minister has approved the constitution of CouncilBIZ. Download the constitution (581.5 kb).

Last updated: 11 October 2017