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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Western Australian local government

Local governments are responsible for town planning, building approvals, local roads, parking, public libraries, public toilets, water and sewerage, waste removal, domestic animals and community facilities. 

Local taxes (rates) are collected from home owners based on the value of their home. These taxes are used to pay for the services provided. Local governments also collect parking fees.

For more information on local governments, visit the
Department of Local Government and Communities website​.


Law

The legal system in Western Australia is based on the British model. There are two sources of law – common law (case law) and statute law (legislation). Both evolve by interpretation in the courts which can consider, where necessary, precedents set in earlier decisions made by courts. Parliament uses its power to pass statutes which are called Acts of Parliament. Statutes create new laws or codify or change the common law.

In Australia, the court system is completely separate and independent from the executive government or parliament. The government or parliament cannot change or influence a judge’s decision. The government also cannot influence the composition of a jury nor do anything to influence a jury’s d​ecision. There are many different courts with many different functions, ra​nging from tribunals, to magistrate, supreme and federal courts. Each state and territory has its own independent system of courts. 

For more information, visit the Parliament of Western Australia website and the Department of the Attorney General website​.​


Legal Aid WA

Legal Aid WA is an independent statutory body that provides information, advice and legal assistance to all Western Australians. Legal Aid WA’s Social Inclusion Program focuses on people who are vulnerable and at risk of social exclusion. This program assists people to resolve civil law problems that affect their daily lives.

For more information, visit the Legal Aid WA website.