Regional & Local Government

The local government of Kiribati is enshrined in the constitution, and the main legislative Act is the Local Government Act 1984 alongside its 2006 amendment. The minister of internal and social affairs is responsible for overseeing local government, which is made up of three island units,¬†six ‘districts’ and over 20 island councils. Local authorities are empowered to raise local revenue through by-laws, although this forms a much greater proportion of overall revenue for town councils, than for island councils, who rely much more on transfers from central government. Local government services and infrastructure include early years schooling, primary healthcare, public sanitation, transport, water supply and economic regulation.