Compliance Audit Return 2022

A portal for local governments


The purpose of this online portal is for local governments to prepare their 2022 Compliance Audit Return (CAR) and submit to DLGSC.

Under regulation 14 of the Local Government (Audit) Regulations 1996 local governments are required to carry out a compliance audit return for the period of 1 January to 31 December of each year.

Steps to start the CAR

  1. Create an account:
    To create an account select ‘Sign in’ at the top right corner of your screen, select the ‘Register tab’ and complete the registration form.
  2. Confirm the registration details:
    Once you have registered, a confirmation email will be sent to you, directing you to the CAR portal where you can begin completing the CAR.
  3. Complete the CAR form:
    Once you have completed the CAR form, a copy will be emailed to the registered email address.
  4. Submit the CAR once adopted by council:
    Once council have adopted the CAR, please submit the certified copy and council’s resolution adopting the CAR to DLGSC. This will ensure compliance with the requirements of regulation 15 of the Local Government (Audit) Regulations 1996.

Please note: the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is currently transitioning to a new Smarthub program. As such, the Compliance Audit Return portal is a temporary portal until the new program is implemented

Previous Smarthub logins are no longer valid, and all users will need to register new accounts.