Legislation giving the WA government power to suspend or dismiss an elected councillor has been introduced to parliament, but the opposition is yet to back the plan.
Under the proposal, the local government minister could suspend a councillor if their conduct affects the ability of the council to function effectively or if they are charged with an offence that, if convicted, may lead to their disqualification.
Local Government Minister David Templeman said on Wednesday that action could currently only be taken against an entire council, which was frustrating for the community.
"There are examples where it's only one individual that may be causing dysfunction and, or through their behaviour, issues that ultimately may even corrode the capacity of that local government to fulfil its duties," he told reporters.
The legislation will not be retrospective - and will therefore not affect the scandal-plagued City of Perth council - but Mr Templeman says "behaviours or issues from the past may be a consideration".
He added the bill "had not been framed around any individual" - likely referring to suspended Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi - and there was a high benchmark to stop the legislation from being abused.
"In the case of a dismissal, the publishing of reasons is required."
Mr Templeman brushed off criticism about whether it was fair to suspend someone based on a charge rather than a conviction, saying the sector had asked for it and it was broadly supported.
He said similar legislation already existed in other jurisdictions and was overdue in WA.
Opposition spokesman Tony Krsticevic could not say whether the Liberals would support the legislation until they read all the details, but said it needed to be used carefully, apolitically and independently.
He said the minister had no qualms about getting the department to investigate councils that were not "seen to be politically aligned with him" and had also been seen to defend councillors who were.
UNDER THE PROPOSAL THE MINISTER COULD ALSO USE THE SUSPENSION POWERS IF:
* An allegation of a serious breach of the Local Government Act has been referred to the State Administrative Tribunal
* A councillor is failing to perform their duties and the minister is satisfied intervention is required.