Local government

Draft report

23 Oct 2017

This Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW (“the Model Code of Conduct”) is made under section 440 of the Local Government Act 1993 (“LGA”) and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (“the Regulation”).

Section 440 of the...

Report

23 Oct 2017

This report outlines the findings of an investigation into whether Cairns Regional Council and its councillors comply with relevant legislative and policy requirements and act reasonably in relation to the disclosure and management of councillors’ conflicts of interest.

Some of...

Report

4 Oct 2017

Local governments are responsible for the good governance of local and regional communities. In performing this role, local governments execute a range of functions, including planning and monitoring, service delivery, and lawmaking and enforcement. They also play an important advocacy role, representing the interests of...

Journal article

1 Oct 2017

Section 256 of the Local Government Act 1993 (Tas) is a curious provision. It indicates that, at any given election for a municipal area in Tasmania, any given voter 'has no more than 2 votes’. This provision is designed to facilitate a franchise based partly...

Survey

Report

1 Oct 2017

The research focused on four areas:

- understanding corruption

- perceptions of corruption and misconduct

- attitudes towards reporting corruption and misconduct

- perceptions and attitudes towards integrity and preventing corruption.

The results suggest local government employees have a sound...

Research report

21 Sep 2017

Promoting economic growth is a ubiquitous concern and a priority for all levels of government in Australia and abroad. Despite a steady stream of reforms, inquiries and initiatives intended to help clarify and improve the effectiveness of the role of government in economic development; this...

Report

20 Sep 2017

The key objective of the growth study was to gain an independent view of the impact of population growth on the capacity of councils to provide services and infrastructure to the community over time.

Report

20 Sep 2017

This project’s objective was to inform the horticulture industry and the 202020 Vision’s identification of priority areas for greening. Our central question was: how can local government greening efforts be most effective in addressing differences in metropolitan residents’ social, economic and health outcomes and vulnerabilities,...

Report

18 Sep 2017

The City of Sydney (CoS), relative to other local governments, has made some progress in the area of affordable housing. However, the affordable housing it has helped provide in the LGA remains well short of the desired target.

This paper investigates the strategies used...

Research report

6 Sep 2017

People Matter is an employee perception survey that is regularly conducted across state government public sectors and provides important information and insights for departments, organisations and sector stakeholders on workplace experiences and employee engagement.

Local government makes up almost 10% of the total...

Report

18 Aug 2017

The Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate (the Inspectorate) has, over time, conducted a number of investigations at Central Goldfields Shire Council. Each case raised concerns with processes and management following the actions of individuals.

In August 2012, following an investigation by the Inspectorate,...

Website

17 Aug 2017

More than four million, or almost one in five, Australians are living with disability across every one of the 537 LGAs in Australia. All local councils around Australia are currently involved in supporting the social and economic inclusion of people with disability.

This...

Report

14 Aug 2017

Local governments can play a significant role in supporting communities in local areas that are disadvantaged and/or are going through a process of local renewal. A changing focus for local government in supporting communities through these renewal processes is to adopt a more facilitative and...

Report

9 Aug 2017

The Ararat Rural City Council failed comprehensively to act in the interest of the Municipality on some of the most important functions of any council; namely, the rating strategy, community engagement, the termination of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), appointment of an interim CEO and...

Report

19 Jul 2017

In Australia, local councils and communities have long been at the forefront of climate action, continuing their efforts, despite periods of instability and inaction at the state and federal climate policy level. In recent times, shires, towns and cities have stepped up their efforts and...

Policy report

12 Jul 2017

The Auckland Unitary Plan has caused significant debate, which has brought to the surface complex issues around housing and class inequality in the city. This report investigates the political and economic aspects of the Auckland Unitary Plan in the context of historical and contemporary processes...

Research report

30 Jun 2017

In 2014, LGNZ commissioned Colmar Brunton to design and undertake a new research project that investigated views on the performance, reputation and leadership of the local government sector. The result was the New Zealand Local Government Survey. This the second Local Government Reputation Research surveyed...

Policy report

8 Jun 2017

One Planet Living is an initiative of Bioregional Australia and its partners to make truly sustainable living a reality.

The City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) has been a leader in considering environmental sustainability and community wellbeing in its own operations and the broader community...

Discussion paper

20 Mar 2017

Despite most Australians living in cities, there is considerably less attention on food within city planning domains, a loose integration of food issues in policy (despite national commitments to international agreements), and a substantial degree of incoherence on food-related initiatives in cities. As a result,...

Discussion paper

14 Mar 2017

This discussion paper reviews the major themes in policy, public debate and the published literature on the role of local governments in the housing sphere in Australia in the 21st Century.

It has been produced as one output associated with the Australian Research Council’s...