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To view and download research reports and manuals from the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG), the UTS Centre for Local Government (CLG) and the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), please see below.

We offer specialist advisory and consulting services for councils, government agencies and associated industry and professional bodies, and our work includes trans-disciplinary and comparative research about public policy and governance.

2017

Walking with Communities: Local Government and Community Responses to Local Area Renewal

This report provides governments and stakeholders involved in local and place-focused renewal with conceptual framing and case study examples that can help inform and shape new community collaboration initiatives for their own contexts.

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How local governments can increase the social and economic participation of people with disability

This resource aims to build the capacity of local governments to identify and plan for strategies and actions to increase the social and economic participation of people with disability.

It includes a framework for action based on the current experiences of local governments in Australia.

The resource is intended to support local governments to make their communities as accessible and inclusive as possible whilst taking into account the challenges they face.

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Digital Transformation: What do local councils need in the digital age? 

Digital Transformation: What do local councils need in the digital age?As part of the Changing Landscapes research series, Civica engaged UTS:IPPG to discover the latest perspectives from local government professionals about their IT systems. A survey was completed by senior public sector professionals to find out how councils are responding to the changing landscape caused by digital transformation and what local government looks for when it comes to technology and digital solutions. The research findings have been published in Civica's latest report.

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UTS:IPPG Annual Report 2016

Cover of UTS:IPPG 2016 Annual ReportIPPG’s first year saw the team work on projects across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia as well as internationally. This annual report provides highlights of some of our projects and reflects the diversity of the work we undertake, and our commitment to public policy through implementation by advancing knowledge, learning and practice.

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2016

Cooperative Regulatory Reform: Practice Notes for Local Government

Practice note for cooperative regulatory reform in local government title pageThe Centre for Local Government, at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:CLG) was engaged by the NSW Office of the Small Business Commissioner to develop a streamlined policy and supporting guidelines on outdoor fitness training for Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils. The project was initiated by the Office of the NSW Business Commissioner with support from participating councils. This was an exciting opportunity for UTS:CLG to model a collaborative and cooperative approach to the development of a policy and regulatory framework.

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Land Development Approval Process Review

Land Development Approval Process Review Title PageFollowing feedback from industry stakeholders Port Macquarie Hastings Council (PMHC) committed to undertaking an independent review of its land development approval process (the review). PMHC commissioned the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Local Government (CLG) to undertake the review.

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Resource sharing success stories in Tasmania

Resource sharing success stories in TasmaniaThe councils of Kentish, Latrobe, Waratah-Wynyard, and Circular Head in Tasmania engaged the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government and the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG) to review their resource sharing arrangements. The review considered governance and decision-making arrangements, the current State Government reform agenda, strategic capacity of the councils and a financial analysis of savings from resource sharing arrangements.

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Why Local Government Matters in South Australia

Why Local Government Matters in South Australia report cover'Why Local Government Matters in South Australia’ is a major piece of social research on South Australian community attitudes to local government, funded by the Research and Development Scheme of the Local Government Association of South Australia and the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government. The research was undertaken by the Centre for Local Government at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:CLG). 

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Review of Resource Sharing Arrangements Between Kentish and Latrobe Councils

Cover of review of resource sharing arrangements between Kentish and Latrobe CouncilsKentish and Latrobe Councils have been undertaking various forms of resource sharing since 1992 in order to improve levels of service and preserve and maintain local representation. The councils are keen to continue to grow, enhance and refine the resource sharing arrangements and engaged the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) at the University of Technology Sydney to review the resource sharing arrangements between the two councils. 

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Workforce Planning Guidelines for Local Government in Tasmania

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The guidelines cover six steps and include case studies and various tools. Working through the guidelines and populating the supporting templates should help councils develop their own workforce plan.

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Giving Local Governments the Reboot

Cover of Giving Local Governments the Reboot reportThe McKell Institute has released a new report, Giving Local Government the Reboot — Improving the Financial Sustainability of Local Governments. Written by staff of the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG), the report delves deeply into the financial issues facing most local councils.

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The Wellbeing of International Students in the City of Sydney

Cover of Wellbeing of International Students in the City of Sydney reportThe City of Sydney engaged UTS:IPPG to undertake explorative research into the wellbeing of international students in the City of Sydney Local Government Area (LGA). The central aim of this research is the investigation of how international students living and/or studying in the City area perceive their wellbeing and what does and does not contribute towards their wellbeing. A review of key literature identified the following key focus areas that contributed to the wellbeing of international students.

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The Future of Gwydir: Community Engagement 2015-16

Future of Gwydir report coverIn mid-2015 Gwydir Shire Council engaged the Centre for Local Government at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:CLG) to conduct workshops with Council, a deliberative panel, and a community survey exploring the financial sustainability of Council and future service delivery in the local area.

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The intrinsic value of libraries as public spaces

Cover of Civica report on the intrinsic value of libraries as public spacesCivica is involved in ongoing research into the evolution of local government based resources in particular, and as part of these efforts, Civica Libraries engaged the UTS: Institute for Public Policy and Governance to undertake research into the value of libraries as public spaces.

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The Changing Landscape for Delivering Services: Co-design; different ideas from a different voice

Cover of The Changing Landscape for Delivering Services: Co-design; different ideas from a different voiceAs part of this Civica-commissioned research, UTS:IPPG connected with local government professionals representing more than 30 councils across Australia and New Zealand conducting in-depth phone interviews which assisted in their analysis of how councils interact and engage with their communities.

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Local Government Innovation and Analysis: Highlights from the Town Crier

A sample of articles published in the Town Crier blog, ACELG's online platform for the exchange of local government knowledge and ideas in Australia and internationally.

 

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The Experiences and Perceptions of Refugees of Local Government Services and Support, Focusing on African Refugees

This report outlines the challenges facing African refugees, examines what services are provided by local government and NGOs for refugees, and considers what the gaps are.

 

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UTS Centre for Local Government and Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government Annual Report 2015

The 2015 Annual Reports highlight some exciting and sector defining research projects, reflecting the diversity of the work we undertake and our commitment to sector development and capacity building.

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2015

Regional Meals on Wheels Needs Assessment

This report was prepared by the Australian Centre for Excellence of Local Government (ACELG). ACELG has undertaken a needs assessment of Meals on Wheels (MoW) services for the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSORC). This needs assessment is in response to a number of policy changes to the delivery of aged care services at a Commonwealth and State level.

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Collaborative Library Service Delivery: A Guide to Regional Library Mangement Models in NSW

Regional library management modelsThe Collaborative Library Service Delivery: A Guide to Regional Library Mangement Models in NSW provides local governments and library managers with a framework for considering possibilities for current and future library service delivery.
 

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Sister Cities and International Alliances

This report characterises the current practice Australian local government engagement in international relationships, assesses their value to Australian councils and communities, and provides practical guidance for councils interested in establishing such relationships, or building on existing ones.

 

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Local Government Services for Refugees Focusing on African Muslim Refugees

This report investigates the activities and programs seven councils have put in place to provide support for newly-arrived refugees.

 

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CLAIR Local Government Cooperation and Exchange Seminar Report 2014

This report functions as both a background briefing document on local government in Japan and a recommendations paper for promoting greater Australian tourism to Aomori prefecture, Japan. It was prepared for, and in collaboration with Australian and New Zealand state and local government representatives who participated in the 2014 CLAIR Local Government Cooperation and Exchange Seminar in Aomori prefecture.

 

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Creative councils for creative communities

ACELG has published a report called Creative councils for creative communities produced by Marrickville Council (NSW) and the UTS Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG). 

 

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Community Chef: A Case Study in Local Government Innovation

ACELG consortium partner Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) has released a case study called Community Chef: A Case Study in Local Government Innovation. 

 

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Service Delivery Review: A How To Manual for Local Government (2nd edition)

This 2nd edition of the Manual brings together advice, toolkits and templates to help councils regardless of size with assessing the services they provide for local communities. The Manual meets an increasing need from within the sector for practical guidance in undertaking service delivery reviews that are consistent with current local governance practice and processes.

 

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CLG and ACELG 2014 Annual Report

The report outlines key achievements and research between January and December 2014.

 

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Building Social Cohesion in our Communities: Summary Document

This summary document outlines the Building Social Cohesion in our Communities online resource, which provides local government with a practical approach to develop strong, socially cohesive communities.

 

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Why Local Government Matters: Summary Report 2015

Why Local Government Matters is a major piece of social research on community attitudes to local government. This summary document outlines the key research findings of the project.

 

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Why Local Government Matters: Full Report 2015

Why Local Government Matters is a major piece of social research on community attitudes to local government. The research aims to better understand how and why the activities of local governments, and their roles in society are valued by communities.

 

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Learning Community Framework and Measuring Impact Toolkit - Volume 2

The Measuring Impact Toolkit is the accompanying toolkit to the Learning Communities Framework. Designed as a practical resource, it provides templates for planning and reporting, checklists, and further Australian examples of Community Learning Plans.

 

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Learning Community Framework and Measuring Impact Toolkit - Volume 1

This report builds on the 2013 Learning as a Driver for Change project and in particular aligns the Learning Community Framework to UNESCO's Framework of the Key Features of learning cities. Volume 1 includes a literature review with a key focus on evaluation frameworks; an in-depth case study on the city of Melton, Victoria and their evaluation practices; and background information on the development of the Measuring Impact Toolkit, designed to help local government practitioners create, adopt, and evaluate a Community Learning Plan for their LGA.

 

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Council approaches to leadership: Research into good practice

This report explores the elements of successful council-based leadership programs, highlighting key themes for contemporary local government leaders to consider. Three aspects of a 'good practice approach' to an in-house leadership initiative are highlighted in the research: a leadership ethos, robust support structures, and measuring the progress.

 

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Councils learning from each other: An Australian case study

This report explores motivations for, and facilitators and barriers of, inter-council learning. The study identifies how information, ideas and inspiration is accessed from peers and then taken further and embedded within their own organisations. 

 

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Local Government Growing Regional Australia: Volume 2 – Case Studies and Resources

Local government growing regional Australia vol 2This report identifies the factors contributing to building strong sustainable regional capitals and regions and local government's role in regional development.

 

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Local Government Growing Regional Australia: Volume 1 – Report

This report identifies the factors contributing to building strong sustainable regional capitals and regions and local government's role in regional development.

 

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Rural Councils Sustainability Project: Stage One Final Report

This discussion paper explores the issues that impact the financial and operational sustainability of rural councils. The paper synthesises existing empirical work as a basis for developing shared agreement on: (a) a detailed portrait of the 38 rural Victorian councils, demographically, spatially and financially; and (b) key areas for building strategic capacity and more effective local government.

 

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Housing and Local Government in Australia in the 21st Century

This discussion paper canvases some of the key emerging issues in the relationship between housing and local government, and aims to start a conversation about which issues are important, where change is happening most rapidly and which topics require further thought, analysis, research and debate.

 

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2014

ACELG 2013 Annual Report

The report outlines key achievements and research between January and December 2013, and includes a complete list of publications and financial statements for the year.

 

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Integrated Long-Term Planning: An Information and Resource Manual for Rural-Remote and Indigenous Councils

This manual provides practical guidance on integrated long-term planning (ILTP), particularly in the context of rural-remote and Indigenous Australian councils. The report includes case studies, templates for ILTP documentation, planning requirements for states and the Northern Territory, and an inventory of ILTP resources.

 

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White Paper on the Reform of the Federation: Implications for Australian Local Government

White paper response coverThis paper is a response to the Abbott Government's White Paper on Reform of the Federation. It traces key themes of local government's place in the Federation historically as well as examining the role for subsidiarity in shaping the ensuing reforms.

 

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Guidelines for the Planning and Development of Child Care Facilities

New national planning and development guidelines for child care facilities have been developed by ACELG with Federal Government Support. They enable councils to plan better for the future child care needs of their community through their strategic planning, land use planning and development assessment functions.

 

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Public Value Summary Background Paper

This background paper deals with understanding and promoting public value creation within Australian local government. The paper provides a definition of public value and public value creation from key literature, and links this with current practice within the sector.

 

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Attraction and Retention of CEOs and Senior Staff in Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Governments - Volume 1: Research Report

This research report identifies how rural-remote and Indigenous councils can improve their ability to attract and retain CEOs and senior staff to their councils.

 

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Attraction and Retention of CEOs and Senior Staff in Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Governments - Volume 2: How to Guide

This guide, prepared for mayors and councillors, provides tools for improving recruitment practices, increasing retention rates and better managing performance planning for CEOs and senior staff at rural-remote and Indigenous councils.

 

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Local Government and Regional Development Australia Committees: Understanding the Relationship and Responding to the Opportunities

This paper examines the roles and relationships with local governments of Regional Development Australia Committees.

 

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Climate Adaptation Manual for Local Government: Embedding Resilience to Climate Change - Volume 2, Case Studies

This volume outlines leading case studies and practical resources from Australian municipalities and overseas for embedding climate resilience into local government operations.

 

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Climate Adaptation Manual for Local Government: Embedding Resilience to Climate Change - Volume 1, Report

This report outlines step-by-step framework for effectively embedding climate risk into council operations.

 

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2014 Local Government Research Forum Abstract Booklet

This booklet contains the abstracts and presentation schedule for the 2014 Local Government Research Forum in Melbourne.

 

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Leadership in Local Government: Factors Affecting the Appointment of CEOs

This report considers the qualities, experiences and attributes West Australian councils seek from prospective CEOs, and the formal and informal policies and processes councils use to identify and recruit suitable candidates. The research draws on interviews with CEOs and Mayors/Shire Presidents across Western Australia.

 

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Pilot Application of the Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Tool to Local Council Road Management - Stage 1

This paper details the council-based trial of a ratings tool currently under development for sustainable infrastructure management, with a particular focus on road assets. The paper outlines the rating tool in development, the logic behind the ratings metrics used, and the problems encountered with tracking the sustainability of roads management. The paper will be useful for those with an interest in road asset management, benchmarking and sustainability best practice.

 

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Food Safety Strategy Template

Food safety strategy template coverA customisable template for councils developing a food safety strategy. It is a product of the ACELG research project Food Safety: Maximising impact by understanding the food business context.

 

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Food Safety Strategy Template: Supporting information

This companion document to the ACELG report Food safety: Maximising impact by understanding the food business context, has been developed to provide additional information, guidance and examples/case studies that will assist local government staff construct a template for developing a food safety strategy for their council.

 

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Food Safety: Maximising impact by understanding the food business context

This research project involved focus groups or interviews with food business operators and young food handlers to explore their food safety understanding, attitudes, practices and the organisational culture in which they participated. The research concluded that local governments need to adopt a holistic approach to food safety that considers all factors that influence food safety outcomes, and a customisable food safety strategy template and accompanying guidelines have been developed to assist local governments implement such an approach.

 

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Debt is not a dirty word: role and use of debt in local government

This report looks at the potential applications of managed debt to address local infrastructure backlogs and positively support sustainable local communities and organisational performance.

 

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2013

Workforce Planning and Development: Capacity Building Opportunities

This paper includes a survey of different training courses and resources available to councils, and outlines some key elements which might form part of any programme on workforce planning and development. This overview is provided to inform the discussion of what is happening at state level and the analysis of key challenges and next steps.

 

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A National Review of Training and Development for Local Government Councillors

This national review of councillor training found that there is a range of high quality, relevant training and professional development available for local government councillors. There are, however, some gaps in the training and professional development being offered, with significant differences from state to state. There is also interest and a sector-wide desire to see a nationally coordinated approach to providing accredited programs that cover the full range of knowledge and skills required to fulfil the role of councillor.

 

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eLearning in Local Government

This paper suggests some benefits and barriers of eLearning for the consideration of training providers, councils and individual learners. It also includes a sample of existing eLearning programs and initiatives in local government across Australia and internationally, as well as an overview of web-based learning tools, software and applications, and other technological applications to develop and deliver online material. This paper provides information also available on the eLearning portal through the Learning in Local Government project.

 

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Public Participation in an Era of Governance: Lessons From Europe for Australian Local Government

The report is intended as a useful resource for local governments embarking on processes of problem-solving in response to social change, and includes attachments about the OECD’s principles for open and inclusive policy-making, and public participation methods and their utility.

 

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Local Representation in Australia: A View from Victoria

This paper outlines the outcomes of interviews with various councillors and senior staff to gauge their experiences, opinions and perspectives on the governance framework set out in the Victorian Local Government Act 1989. It is the companion document to Local Representation in Australia: A review of the legislation and literature.

 

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Local Representation in Australia: A review of the legislation and literature

This document is a legislative and literature review of the frameworks for local representative governance as set out in the state legislation and relevant guidelines issued by the local government associations and state agencies.

 

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Profile of the Local Government Workforce (Summary)

 A brief profile of the local government workforce based on data compiled by ACELG.

 

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Australian Local Government Financial Reform - A Federal Perspective

This briefing paper offers a first person account of federal interventions to increase local government`s long term financial sustainability. Read more »

 

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The Role and Future of Citizen Committees in Australian Local Government

This paper explores the role and future of citizens` committees as vehicles for sustained community engagement, and how their function might be strengthened in view of Australian and international research. The research highlights the importance of integrating citizen committees into community governance approaches to ensure their democratic potential is realised, and the valuable role well-managed and adequately resourced citizen committees can play in local governance.

 

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ACELG 2012 Annual Report

The report outlines key achievements and research between January and December 2012, and includes a complete list of publications and financial statements for the year.

 

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Strategic Planning in Australian Local Government: A Comparative Analysis of State Frameworks

This paper compares the various approaches in each Australian jurisdiction in implementing local government reforms with a particular look at requirements for strategic and corporate planning and reporting. More information »

 

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Looking Ahead: A Guide for Local Government Practitioners' Use of Demographic Data

This report is designed to empower evidence-based decision making in Australian local government, and increase the capacity of councils to collate and utilise data in strategic planning and broader areas of council operations. More information »

 

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Future-Proofing Local Government: National Workforce Strategy 2013-2020

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ACELG Project Plan (2013)

The Project Plan is reviewed annually by the ACELG Board to address changing circumstances, needs and priorities. This 2013 update reflects commitments made by the consortium in its proposal for Commonwealth funding, feedback from ongoing consultations, and the experience of the Centre’s first three years of operations.

 

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Local Government Researchers` Forum Booklet

A compiled volume outlining the forum and the contained presentations.

 

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Review of Current Local Government Reform Processes in Australia and New Zealand

Provides a snapshot of local government review and reform processes in Australia and in New Zealand between February and March 2013. Co-published with the Local government Association of South Australia.

 

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Learning Communities Framework

Accompanying resource to the Learning as a Driver for Change research report.

 

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Learning as a Driver for Change

Explores how learning partnerships between councils, their communities and learning organisations can help improve social outcomes, build community capability and strengthen community governance. More information

 

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Briefing Note: Strengthening Local Government Revenues and Availability and Use of Debt by Local Governments

 

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Briefing Note: Importance of the Local Government Workforce to Australia

 

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Community Wellbeing Indicators: Measures for Local Government

This paper outlines key research and initiatives around community wellbeing indicators, and includes a `community wellbeing indicators survey template` that can be adapted for use by local governments nationally to measure, analyse and assess the progress of community wellbeing.

 

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Knowledge City: The Difference an In-House Research Team made to a Council and its Community

A discussion paper about the research capacity of the City of Melbourne.

 

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Social Enterprises and Local Government: A Scoping Study

This scoping study explores the relationship between social enterprises and local governments with a particular focus on the Australian experience. The paper outlines current knowledge about local governments in Australia and overseas working with social enterprises to achieve collaborative place-based solutions to current challenges facing communities. Project information 

 

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In Our Hands: Strengthening Local Government Revenue for the 21st Century

This research distils recent findings on the topic and presents fresh thinking and sound evidence about how stronger local government revenues might be achieved to meet the ongoing and emerging needs of their local communities.

 

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National Assessment Framework

This document provides background and details about the implementation of the Local Government Financial Sustainability Nationally Consistent Frameworks Assessment on-line Portal.

 

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Make Your Knowledge Matter: Guide to Developing and Documenting Research

This guide is designed to facilitate a greater role for practitioners in local government research by encouraging them to develop ideas, document good practice, and share their work with a wider audience.

 

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A National Review of Education and Training in Local Government Skills Shortage Areas

This paper was prepared in consultation with key sector organisations, and documents a national review of education and training in local government skills shortage areas.

 

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Service Delivery Reviews in Australian Local Government

The paper assesses the level of maturity of formal service review processes used in a variety of councils and the outcomes achieved, and makes recommendations on how such processes can be supported and enhanced in the future.

 

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National Local Government Indigenous Employment Position Paper - Closing the Gap Through Place-based Employment

This paper aims to encourage and facilitate increased Indigenous workforce participation in local government, and is a response to considerable workforce challenges that lie ahead for the sector.

 

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Connecting with Communities: How Local Government is Using Social Media to Engage with Citizens

The report provides practitioners detail about social media policy and decision-making within local government. Further project information here

 

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International Roundtable on Metropolitan Governance - Summary Paper

A summary paper of the International Roundtable on Metropolitan Governance held in Sydney in December 2009.

 

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Second International Roundtable on Metropolitan Governance - Summary Paper

A summary paper of the Second International Roundtable on Metropolitan Governance held in Brisbane in August 2010.

 

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Community Engagement in Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government in Australia

This report considers whether rural-remote and Indigenous local governments in Australia have developed robust community engagement processes.

 

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Australian Mayors: What Can and Should They Do?

The discussion paper reviews relevant literature and recent developments in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and concludes that if local government is to perform effectively and meet growing community expectations, the capacity of its political arm needs to be enhanced. The paper sets out a suggested framework of mayoral functions and associated legislative provisions to support an enhanced role.

 

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Political Management in Australian Local Government: Exploring Roles and Relationships between Mayors and CEOs

Drawing on independent research and a consideration of the literature on the nature of the Mayors-CEOs relationship which occurs in one form or another at all levels of government, the paper draws conclusions and comments upon how elected councillors and appointed staff can best assist individuals in these roles to establish a successful and effective working relationship.

 

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Innovation, Ingenuity and Initiative: The adoption and application of new ideas in Australian local government

This paper discusses different approaches to innovation for local government, using case studies to explore issues and ideas raised. Further project information here

 

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Search Conference Background Paper: Strengthening Local Government Revenue

This paper references reviews of local governments` finances, and explores the key themes and findings for local government.

 

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Using Social Media in Local Government: 2011 Survey Report

The survey explores the benefits, risks and barriers to councils in using social media, and identifies those areas where social media might best serve the sector.

 

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Local Action for a Low Carbon Future

The paper sets out a policy position on the role local government can play in moves towards a low carbon future, with findings reflecting a consensus view developed across a range of local government organisations.

 

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Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government Program: Capacity Building Survey

Results from a survey about capacity building in rural-remote and Indigenous councils.

 

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Innovation in Local Government: Defining the Challenge, Making the Change (supplement)

Supplement to the Better Practice Guide titled Innovation in Local Government: Defining the Challenge, Making the Change.

 

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Innovation in Local Government: Defining the Challenge, Making the Change

A Better Practice Guide about innovation and change in Australian local government and how such concepts might be practically considered within the sector.

 

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Local Government Service Delivery to Remote Indigenous Communities

This report presents the findings of the first phase of an investigation into models for the funding and delivery of local government services in remote Indigenous communities in Australia.

 

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Legal and Governance Models for Shared Services in Local Government (Interim Report)

This paper, prepared for ACELG by David Somerville and Melissa Gibbs investigates models of shared services delivery. Available legal options and models actually in use vary greatly across Australia. This report provides a summary of those options, illustrated by five case studies.

Through undertaking this study, it was identified that further research was needed. Work is already under way to undertake additional and/or more in-depth case studies, and to explore the reasons behind the differences between jurisdictions in the models councils may use for shared services delivery.

 

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Scoping Study: Impact of Fly-In Fly-Out/ Drive-In Drive-Out Work Practices on Local Government

This research identifies potential gaps in the literature, provides a greater understanding of the impacts of Fly-In Fly-Out/ Drive-In Drive-Out work practices within the local government context, and suggests areas to focus upon for future research.

 

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ACELG 2011 Annual Report

ACLEG's annual report on activities for the year ended December 2011.

 

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ACELG Project Plan (2012)

The Project Plan is reviewed annually by the Centre Board to address changing circumstances, needs and priorities. This 2012 Update reflects commitments made by the consortium in its proposal for Commonwealth funding, feedback from ongoing consultations, and the experience of the Centre’s first two years of operations.

 

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Evolution in Community Governance: Building on What Works

This report provides an overview of emerging trends in community governance through reviewing local and international literature as well as interviews with Australian local government leaders and Bendigo Bank representatives. The paper explores the implications of the research findings for new approaches to local decision making and directions for further research.

 

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Collaborative Governance and Metropolitan Planning in South East Queensland - 1990 To 2010: From a Voluntary to a Statutory Model

This report provides a brief history of metropolitan planning in SEQ from 1996 to 2010, focusing on the factors behind the move from a voluntary to a statutory planning model and drawing out the lessons for other states and multi-level planning regions from the analysis.

 

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Report on Local Government Researchers Forum

This report documents the processes, outcomes and recommendations of the ACELG Local Government Researchers Forum held in December 2011.

 

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Long Term Financial Planning Practice Note

Long term financial planning practice note coverA practice note designed to improve the financial performance of local government by assisting local councils to prepare better long-term plans.

 

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Role and Expectations of Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government

This report includes: A profile of rural-remote and Indigenous councils, highlighting factors that impact on local capacity; a review of background information to identify federal, state and community expectations and issues from discussions with stakeholders; and identification of further actions and research.

 

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Options for a Local Government Framework for Measuring Liveability

This research maps current research and thinking on the state of community liveability indicator development across Australia.

 

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Local Government Researchers Forum Abstracts + Schedule

The abstracts and schedule from the 2011 Local Government Researchers Forum held at the University of Technology, Sydney.

 

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Learning in Local Government - An Analysis of Sector Consultations and Perspectives

This paper provides observations about the experiences and aspirations of participants in the Learning in Local Government online survey and associated consultations.

 

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A comparative analysis of Regional Organisations of Councils in NSW and Western Australia

The report outlines the variety of ROCs (or council alliances) in NSW and Western Australia and suggests some future directions.

 

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Consolidation in Local Government: A Fresh Look - Volume 2: Background Papers

Volume 2 of the 'Options for Consolidation' report. Read more.

 

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Consolidation in Local Government: A Fresh Look - Volume 1: Report

Volume 1 of the 'Options for Consolidation' report. Read more.

 

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Local Government and Community Engagement in Australia

This working paper was commissioned by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government to provide a national update on what is taking place across the local government sector in relation to community engagement, and identify the ongoing challenges and questions for councils in engaging communities.

 

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Climate Change Science: Top ten sources to build your personal knowledge

This paper provides advice on ‘top ten’ reliable and easily accessible sources of research written for non-specialist readers on the science of climate change.

 

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Unfinished Business? A Decade of Inquiries into Australian Local Government

This Working Paper examines the findings, recommendations and outcomes of nine major national and state inquiries into local government over the period 2001-08, and identifies eight elements of an ongoing agenda for reform and improvement. More information ...

 

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Australian Business Excellence Framework Case Studies

A series of 8 detailed case studies regarding the implementation of the Australian Business Excellence Framework (BEF) within local government - Low Res (2 MB).

 

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Summary of Survey Responses from Eighteen Councils in the Local Government Business Excellence Network

LGBEN councils were invited to participate in some preliminary exploration of issues and options in implementing the ABEF in local government in Australia. This report provides a summary of the survey responses returned by eighteen LGBEN councils. Link to LBEN Survey Analysis

 

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Local Government and Community Engagement: Annotated Bibliography

This annotated bibliography of key community engagement resources and guides has been developed in conjunction with the Working Paper ‘Local Government and Community Engagement’  being prepared by the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures and ACELG.

 

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The Henry Review of Australia's Future Tax System: Implications for Local Government

Henry Review Local Government Implications CoverIn response to the Henry Review, this ACELG Working Paper highlights relevant issues and makes recommendations for  local government.

 

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Annual Report 2010

ACLEG`s report on activities for the year ended December 2010

 

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Local Government Climate Change Roundtable Document

The roundtable document which includes the agenda and the four papers discussed.

 

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Local Government Indigenous Employment Green Paper

This paper explores untapped labour pools and investment in the recruitment and development of Australian Indigenous workers.

 

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Local Government and Community Governance: A Literature Review

This paper introduces community governance to an Australian local government audience and provides the foundation for further research on the topic. It summarises the findings of a literature review on community governance from a local government perspective and sets out the theoretical underpinnings.

 

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A Capacity Building Strategy for Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government

The strategy aims to identify key steps to build the capacity of small-remote and Indigenous councils across Australia - and especially in northern Australia - to deliver local government services to their communities.

 

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Australian Local Government and Climate Change Working Paper

This ACELG working paper provides a snapshot of what is happening in local government in Australia in relation to climate change.

 

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Overview of Fourteen Excellence Frameworks

This working paper provides an overview of fourteen excellence frameworks which are available and currently in use in local government. The paper reports on a number of features which enhance the usefulness of these frameworks in a local government context. Link to Working Paper

 

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Promoting Excellence and Continuous Improvement

155 Australian LG CEOs responded to a survey canvassing opinions and experiences in promoting excellence and continuous improvement. This summary reports on issues such as the use of external and commercial tools, resourcing issues, levels of satisfaction and future support needs. 

 

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Aspiring Leaders Partnership

 

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Learning in Local Government - A Preliminary Inventory and Gap Analysis of Education and Professional Development for Local Government in Australia

An exploratory review of the unique and complex needs of education and professional development in Australian local government that aims to raise discussion and inform the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government’s Workforce Development Program. [PDF-1.5MB]

 

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National Roundtable on Communique - National Roundable on Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

This is the Communique from the National Roundtable on Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government held in Canberra on 29 and 30 July 2010

 

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Queensland Non-amalgamated Councils Scoping Study

A scoping study prepared for the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) by Alan Morton of Morton Consulting.

 

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Queensland Indigenous Councils Scoping Study

A scoping study prepared for ACELG by Dr Michael Limerick.

 

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Western Australian Scoping Study

A scoping study prepared for ACELG by Edith Cowan University (ECU)

 

 

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Northern Territory Scoping Study

A scoping study prepared for ACELG by Charles Darwin University (CDU).

 

 

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Annual Report 2009

ACLEG`s report on activities for the year ended December 2009

 

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Online resources

How local governments can increase the social and economic participation of people with disability

This resource aims to build the capacity of local governments to identify and plan for strategies and actions to increase the social and economic participation of people with disability.

It includes a framework for action based on the current experiences of local governments in Australia.

The resource is intended to support local governments to make their communities as accessible and inclusive as possible whilst taking into account the challenges they face.

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Building Social Cohesion in Our CommunitiesSocial Cohesion Resource

The Building Social Cohesion in our Communities online resource provides local government with a practical approach to develop strong, socially cohesive communities.

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Local Government NSW Amalgamation Toolkit

LGNSW amalgamation toolkitDeveloped with Local Government NSW, this toolkit aims to provide a practical level of guidance and support to councils who have started to undertake work on an amalgamation.

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Online Community Engagement Toolkit for Rural, Remote and Indigenous Councils

Online Community Engagement Toolkit for Rural, Remote and Indigenous CouncilsThis toolkit is designed to be a practical guide for councillors and staff of smaller councils to improve how they engage the community, by following simple tips and advice and using practical tools and methods that are suited to their circumstances.

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ACELG Resources and Publications

With the conclusion of the ACELG program, the ACELG online platforms have been moved or decommissioned. ACELG resources are now hosted by UTS. Access »