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The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) formally concluded operations at the end of 2015.
ACELG was established in mid-2009 following $8 million of Australian Government funding support for a Centre of Excellence to showcase innovation and best practice across local government and encourage the adoption of innovative practices and solutions. The Centre’s mandate was to enhance professionalism and skills in local government, showcase innovation and best practice, and facilitate a better-informed policy debate.
ACELG was established as a unique consortium of universities and professional bodies with a strong commitment to the advancement of local government. The consortium was based at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and included the UTS Centre for Local Government (CLG), the University of Canberra (UC), the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), Local Government Professionals Australia (LGProAus), and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA). The Australian National University, Charles Darwin University and Edith Cowan University also acted as program partners to provide support in specialist areas and to extend the Centre’s national reach.
In its six and a half years of operation the Centre had an enormous impact on the Australian local government sector. ACELG produced over one hundred original research reports and online resources covering a broad spectrum of local government activities and operations. Many of these publications included practical guides, tools and templates which are being utilised by Australian councils to develop internal capacity and apply research findings in day-to-day operations. Centre research also attracted attention from academic audiences, drawing hundreds of citations from books, journal articles, tertiary education syllabi and conference proceedings in Australia and internationally. 
Centre research was built upon by hundreds of roundtables, stakeholder discussions, research symposia and workshops hosted or facilitated by ACELG right across Australia. These events allowed a wide variety of local government actors across Australia to connect with one another, share experiences and best practice, and stay informed about the latest local government research and policy debates. These impressive outcomes have led to a more informed national local government policy debate, brought about enduring improvements in local government’s capacity and performance, and raised the profile of local government within the national and international policy and academic discourse.
ACELG wishes to thank all of its partners, stakeholders and patrons for their support over the Centre’s six and a half year tenure. Any enquiries regarding the ACELG program should be directed to clg@uts.edu.au
ACELG reports and online resources are now hosted by UTS. Access ACELG reports and resources »
The 2015 UTS:CLG and ACELG Annual Report is available here.