Local Government of Vanuatu

Ministry: Home Affairs

Local government is provided for by the Decentralisation and Local Government Regions Act 1994, and local government and decentralisation are enshrined in the constitution. The Department of Local Authorities in the Ministry of Home Affairs is responsible for local government, which comprises six provincial councils and three municipal councils. Local elections are held every four years.

The local authorities have revenue-raising powers, as well as receiving transfers from national government. They are responsible for such infrastructure and services as regional planning; primary health care; pre-school and primary education; refuse collection and disposal; cemeteries and crematoria; roads; tourism promotion; and leisure facilities.