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This report has recommended that the NSW Office of Local Government (OLG) should, by mid-2018, give councils additional guidance on good practice in reporting, start developing a performance measurement framework, and help rural councils develop their reporting capability.
This is the final report in a New Zealand Initiative series on local government. It aims to restore accountability, transparency and community responsibility to local government. We propose doing this by setting clear roles for each tier of government, with limits on the ability of...
Designing funding policies to serve all the local and regional councils in New Zealand is challenging. This article looks at some of the issues that arise, and some principles for addressing funding arrangements and for considering whether current local government funding arrangements are suited to...
Local government is recognised as the tier of government closest to the people of Australia (Megarrity 2011). It provides a range of services that underpin the management of our cities, contributes to the wellbeing of our communities through the provision of infrastructure and services and...
The purpose of this report is to draw attention to the types of low-level abuses of power that occur from time to time in local government, and are the subject of numerous complaints and protected disclosures investigated by the Victorian Ombudsman's office. The case studies...
This article responds to the tension inherent in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996 which lists ‘the environment’ proper as a function of national and provincial government. The authors discuss one of the arguments raised in the recently decided case of Marius...
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.