The Association has been formed as a subsidiary under the Local Government Act 1999 (Act) and as such, must comply with the provisions of the Act.
The Act specifies that the Association must operate under a Charter for a Regional Subsidiary which, in general addresses the Objects and Purposes, Powers and Functions, Membership, Meeting Procedures, Financial Management, Strategic and Annual Plans and Budgets of the Association.
Individual Member Councils must adopt the Charter following which the document is then adopted by the Association Delegates. The Minister for Local Government is then advised and a Notice of public availability is published in the Government Gazette.
The Murray and Mallee Local Government Association's Charter was reviewed in December, 2006 , August, 2009, October 2010 and June 2014 when only minor changes to the Charter were deemed necessary.
The Charter, as a minimum, must be reviewed every four years in accordance with the provisions of the Charter and the Local Government Act 1999.
The latest iteration of the Association's Charter, was subject to a lengthy review process that began in 2016 and was completed when notice was published in the SA Government Gazette on 5 March 2020. The Charter formalised a new trading name of Murraylands and Riverland Local Government Association.