Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government

Discussion paper

Advancing leadership

The Advancing Leadership Initiative as described in this discussion paper, is aimed at broadening leadership capacity for professionals working within Australian Local Government. It has been developed in response to the urgent need to nurture those mid-tier local government professionals who aspire to be better...
Report

Community engagement in rural-remote and Indigenous local government

This study aims to further explore this priority capacity building issue to provide insight to the community engagement practices and challenges of rural-remote and Indigenous local government in Australia for the purpose of identifying some practical options for supporting this cohort of councils to help...
Report

Innovation, ingenuity and initiative: the adoption and application of new ideas in Australian Local Government

The current economic, financial and policy climate requires that government services have to deliver significantly better performance at significantly lower cost. This report details innovation and change in regards to Local Government. This requirement extends beyond a dedication to incremental and continuous improvement, characteristic of...
Report

Political management in Australian local government exploring roles and relationships between Mayors and CEOs

This discussion paper explores the dimensions of models that define working relationships between council Mayors and members of local government. The working relationship between the Mayor as the leader of the council and the chief executive officer (CEO) leading the council organisation is one of...
Discussion paper

Australian mayors: what can and should they do?

This paper on the changing role of mayors, and how that role might be strengthened, seeks to fill one of several significant gaps in research and discussion of political governance in Australian local government. It reviews relevant literature and recent developments in Australia, New Zealand...