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The approval of Agenda 2030 in September 2015 constitutes a unique opportunity for the world we live in. For the first time, all the member states of the United Nations committed to eradicating poverty, making the first universal plan of action for people, planet and...
This publication explains the rationale behind localism and responds to commonly heard objections. It explains how unusual New Zealand's centralism is when compared internationally. New Zealand's councils have limited fiscal autonomy. Their mandate is also much more restricted that local government in other parts of...
IBAC's local government integrity frameworks review provides a snapshot of the integrity frameworks examined in a sample of six Victorian councils and highlights examples of good practices and possible areas for improvement.
Higher levels of government motivate municipal consolidations as a tool to increase efficiency in the local government sector, yet research shows consolidations typically fail to deliver the promised spending reductions. Since mergers often require significant changes to institutional structures, one potential explanation...
Melbourne is undergoing a high rate of population growth, when compared with international cities in developed countries. This paper documents the impact of population growth on income earning capacity and on some social outcomes.
This audit assessed whether local councils accurately document infrastructure assets in their information systems and use this data in their asset management and planning.
This audit assessed if the Local Government Performance Reporting Framework (LGPRF) communicates performance information that is relevant, timely, accurate and easy to understand for councils and the community.
This paper sets out the case for change of the council tax system in London. It outlines some of the views of those who live in the capital and pay council tax in the system as it is, and how they would like to see...
IPART is reviewing the amount the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) can charge councils for administering local government elections in 2020. This draft report sets out their preliminary recommendations.
The NSW Government has asked IPART to recommend a costing methodology to be applied in determining the amount the NSWEC charges councils for local government election services. This is the first time IPART has reviewed the cost of local government elections.