The Government has decided to restructure the role of the Office for State/Local Government Relations (OSLGR), bringing the OSLGR Office as you know it to an end.

The Minister for State/Local Government Relations has liaised with the Local Government Association to seek its support for the proposed change. The current functions of the OSLGR will now, it appears, be incorporated into other Government departments.

A further change on the horizon is that the Local Government Act 1999 and the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 will become the responsibility of the Minister for Planning, currently Hon John Rau MP.

This restructuring step is considered by the Government to be appropriate on account of the new framework consisting of the Ombudsman, the Auditor-General, the Anti-Corruption Branch and the new ICAC. The Hon Gail Gago MLC will remain the Minister for State/Local Government Relations.

These changes, if implemented in their entirety, will have been made in time for the establishment of the ICAC. What impact these changes will have for Local Government are yet to be realised. Regardless, the changes predispose eventful times ahead for Local Government.