Local Laws Review

Project Overview

Did you know that local governments administer local legislation? Local laws help communities to be better places to live by regulating certain behaviours, promoting safety, harmony and good rule in the community.

Fraser Coast Regional Council has seven existing local laws that apply across the Fraser Coast region. The existing local laws were made in December 2011 and last reviewed in December 2015. Council is updating our local laws to ensure they are in line with Council's strategic direction and to make them easier to understand and more user-friendly for the community.

It’s important for our local laws to meet best practice guidelines, be consistent with state legislation (where relevant) and be consistent with Council's own strategies, policies and the planning scheme. It’s also good practice to review and update legislation to ensure it still meets the needs of our community – you could say that six years is a long time in our fast-changing world!

We currently have seven local laws:

  • Administration
  • Animal Management
  • Community and Environmental Management
  • Local Government Controlled Areas, Facilities and Roads
  • Parking
  • Bathing Reserves
  • Waste Management.

Local governments are required to consult the community when new local laws are proposed. Fraser Coast Regional Council has decided to not wait until there are new laws proposed before consulting the Fraser Coast community.

By consulting the community early, Council can get a better idea of what the issues are from the community’s perspective. This means that when Council proposes new laws, they should already meet the needs of the community and the community will understand what the laws are about.

During Stage 1 community and stakeholders told us what they think might need to change in our local laws. With hundreds of community members completing the survey, coming along to workshops or stopping to chat at the markets.

Council has considered all of the combined feedback along with other key matters such as the role of local government and what can practically by achieved with local laws. A report on the engagement and next steps has been considered by Council at yesterday’s Ordinary Council Meeting.

This community input has been welcomed by Councillors and the feedback will now be analysed and used in the development of new proposed Local Laws. It is anticipated that the proposed local laws will go out for public consultation in September 2022.

Following that round of public consultation, it is expected that Draft Local Laws will be developed and presented to Council in December 2022.

To review the Engagement Evaluation Report or Executive Summary overview – please see Document Library.

First stage of Local Laws Review completed

Project Update and Media Release - The first stage of the Fraser Coast Regional Council Local Law Review has been completed and public feedback is being analysed.

Stage 1 Engagement closed

The community engagement for Stage 1 has now concluded. We are now evaluating the feedback. We will have more information available towards the end of this year about next steps for the project. Thank you for participating in Stage 1.

Australia has three levels of government that provide different services to the community. The three levels are: 

  • Federal – with the Australian Parliament in Canberra 
  • State and Territory – with a Parliament in each state and territory capital city 
  • Local – with a Council in each local government area across Australia. 

Rules are made by our governments to keep order and allow for fairness in our community. These rules are called laws. The term legislation can refer to a single law or to a collection of laws. There are three levels of legislation in Australia, each managed by a different level of government: federal, state and local.  

The Local Government Act empowers local governments - councils - to make local laws that are suitable to their particular needs and resources and that achieve the purpose and principles of local government.  Local laws are statutory instruments made by local governments to regulate a broad range of issues within their communities.  

Local laws help communities to be better places to live by regulating certain behaviours, promoting safety, harmony and good rule in the community.  

Councils adopt local laws by resolution at a council meeting. Councils are required by law to tell the community when they have made a new local law by publishing a notice in the Government Gazette and on their website. Councils are required to consult the community when new local laws are proposed.  

Councils must make copies of their local laws available for inspection at their public office. People can also look up their local laws online (at Council’s website or in the Queensland Government’s local laws database). You can also buy copies of local legislation from Council. 

Local laws carry penalties which are legally binding. These may include verbal warnings, compliance notices, stop-work notices, on-the-spot fines, penalty infringement notices, court action and even the confiscation of property.