Local and regional governments
Art has the power to illuminate inequities, generate discussion, give voice to and empower women, and motivate community action. Throughout this project, the potential for local government to promote gender equality through arts-based initiatives was evident.
VicHealth aims to use the power of art to raise awareness and promote gender equality, and to celebrate women. It also wants to build capacity by bringing artists and local councils together. The program has demonstrated the effectiveness of a partnership model for promoting gender...
This study finds that despite drawbacks, the Chinese messaging app, WeChat, plays a vital role in the democratic participation of Chinese-Australians. It argues that the greatest challenge with WeChat remains a lack of regulatory oversight from the Australian government and the platform’s niche role within...
This paper aims to improve the evidence base on local government performance in New Zealand, focusing on the cost efficiency of council infrastructure and service provision.
In 2020–21, Victorian councils distributed more than $45 million in grants to individuals, businesses and community groups. This audit examines if fraud controls over local government grants well-designed and operating as intended.
This paper has been prepared in response to a remit put forward at the 2019 LGNZ AGM, and in light of the current Review into the Future for Local Government. It examines the reasons why local authorities have been excluded from being supported to be...
This presentation seeks to describe and discuss the possible role played by the urban designer professionals at the City of Casey in championing and delivering the Excellence Design program.
Developing an urban resilience framework for application in local government: a research-practice collaboration
This paper explores a partnership between university researchers and the City of Melbourne which sought to clarify the concept of urban resilience and make it applicable to the multi-sectoral work of local government.
Climate justice in practice: addressing social inequity and climate resilience through place-based capacity building with community service organisations and local governments
This paper outlines a place-based approach to enabling climate adaptation and resilience across community service organisations (CSOs) and local governments in Melbourne particularly in areas experiencing socio-ecological disadvantage.
This case study examines attitudes of councils towards verge gardening in Greater Sydney. The research questions include: What are council attitudes towards edible plants in verge gardening? Are the policy approaches cautious and risk averse or explicitly aiming to reduce barriers?
City diplomacy and Australian LGAs: the potential for global urban leadership in pluralised systems of local government
This paper asks whether the comparatively limited jurisdiction of local governments in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney hinder their capacity to lead meaningful change within their countries when compared with their peers in these groups?
Increasing resilience to climate change in the Western Sydney region: an analysis of local council strategies for climate, health, and wellbeing
This research aims to identify how the eight councils have addressed climate risk and resilience, and to determine the barrier and enablers to planning, implementing, and evaluating related strategies across the Western Sydney region.
This research explores environmental discourses of local councils situated in the Merri Creek catchment in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia, a settler-colonial country.
In the coming years, labour markets will face significant challenges. In this context, reskilling and upskilling of adults is an urgent priority for all. This policy manual presents a range of policy options and concrete actions that can inspire and guide work at the local...
This report introduces the concept of ‘relational local government’ - an approach to local governing that builds strong relationships between council service professionals and the people they are supporting, between councils and the community at large, and between local citizens themselves.
Council for Intellectual Disability submission to Central Coast Council on Mooney Mooney and Peat Island planning proposal
This submission was written in response to the NSW Government's proposal to rezone Peat Island and Mooney Mooney. The document considers the potential role of former disability institution sites and draws upon Australian disability policy development and cultural heritage strategy.
Since 2016-17, the Victorian government has capped the amounts local governments can collect from their ratepayers. This paper argues that Victoria’s rate cap policy has inhibited a normal trend of expanding and improving local government services in line with population growth, rising living standards and...
This report contains a summary of the non-standard audit reports issued by the Office of the Auditor-General in 2021.
This strategy document has been prepared for Victorian councils. It serves as a practical guide for councils across Victoria to help embed the voices and priorities of Aboriginal communities at a local government level.
This paper provides an overview of the concepts, definitions and qualities of urban resilience to better understand how to address the challenges of the future with the ideas of today.