03 December 2013 | A comparative study of political governance frameworks for local governments across Australia, this report looks at the advantages, constraints and theoretical approaches to representative democracy across Australian local government in view of on-going reform processes.
03 December 2013 | This report on the outcomes of interviews with councillors and senior local government staff of their experience of local representation follows a review of the legal frameworks governing local democratic governance. ACELG has undertaken this work with the Victorian Local Governance Association which has a track record of working on issues of local and participatory democracy.
02 December 2013 | In this paper, the risk and potential impact of tactical displacement by organised criminals is discussed with regard to the potential for increased attempts by organised crime groups to corrupt public servants.
27 November 2013 | This audit examined 11 public sector agencies in Victoria and found that the policy, standards and protection mechanisms for the security of the state’s information and communications technology systems and data have not been effectively applied.
26 November 2013 | This report informs Parliament about the Annual Financial Report of the State of Victoria, 2012–13, the consolidated financial report of the state, and acquits the government’s stewardship of the state’s finances to Parliament.
25 November 2013 | New Zealand’s housing market needs urgent reform and the rate of building has fallen below what is needed to keep up with household formation and demographics. This report suggests three reforms to help free up the housing market and augment the supply of new homes.
22 November 2013 | This paper describes the key procedural changes that were effected in the 43rd Parliament following the 2010 federal election, which resulted in a hung parliament—the first hung parliament since the early 1940s.
18 November 2013 | This report provides some new approaches and creative solutions for local governments and communities to ameliorate costly social challenges posed by long–term youth unemployment and vulnerable families living in places that feel have been going backwards for decades.
14 November 2013 | Good corporate governance is a complex art, not easily given to the intrusive regulatory frameworks directors now face. The more extensive the regulations, the more demanding is the compliance, the more onerous are the regulatory liabilities, and the more risk averse directors may become - just when success invariably demands more risk taking, not less.
14 November 2013 | This paper provides an overview of recent global trends in women’s political representation. It describes the different types of gender quotas that have been adopted, and summarises the various arguments for and against their use, as well as key issues and observations about the impact of quotas drawing on recent international research.
13 November 2013 | Based on road asset management data provided by 183 urban councils and 161 rural councils, this report provides as complete a national data set as is reasonably possible on local roads which comprise more than 80% by length of Australia’s total road network.
13 November 2012 | This guide is one of ten outlining a range of evidence-informed actions that councils may consider when preparing their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans and other strategies.
13 August 2012 | Audit Committees have an important role in the governance framework of entities by providing an independent source of assurance and advice to Chief Executives/Boards. This guide provides guidance on the operation of the Audit Committees of public sector entities.
28 November 2013 | Distrust of politicians and disillusionment with our political system is at an all-time high. And so former independent MP Ted Mack calls for a major reform of the way we do government. A new electoral system to reflect the will of the people is only one of his suggested directions for such a reform
04 November 2013 | With Western Australia’s senate election result in doubt, thanks in part to 1375 completed ballot papers going missing, electronic voting is being discussed once more. But e-voting isn’t the magic solution some think it is.
Election leaflets are one of the main weapons in the fight for votes in Australia. This site invites people to scan and send in political brochures from around Australia to reveal the targetted local messages being sent out by political parties.
The site aims to share the experiences and ideas of people who conduct and commission evaluations of all kinds, but particularly of development projects, to help raise standards of evaluation around the world.