Publications

2016

Local Government Innovation and Analysis: Highlights from the Town Crier

Innovation
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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Published: 11/02/2016 Program: Innovation and best practice

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. Read more »
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Published: 15/01/2016

2015

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. Read more »
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Published: 09/12/2015

Local Government Services for Refugees Focusing on African Muslim Refugees

Managing Demographic Change     Social Cohesion
This report investigates the activities and programs seven councils have put in place to provide support for newly-arrived refugees. Read more »
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Published: 22/10/2015

Creative councils for creative communities

Innovation
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).  Read more »
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Published: 17/07/2015
Discussion Paper

Community Chef: A Case Study in Local Government Innovation

Governance     Innovation     Shared Services and Regional Collaboration
ACELG consortium partner Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) has released a case study called Community Chef: A Case Study in Local Government Innovation.  Read more »
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Published: 17/07/2015

CLG and ACELG 2014 Annual Report

The report outlines key achievements and research between January and December 2014.
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Published: 03/07/2015

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

Service Delivery
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. Read more »
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Published: 30/06/2015 Program: Innovation and best practice

CLAIR Local Government Cooperation and Exchange Seminar Report 2014

International
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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Published: 30/06/2015

Why Local Government Matters: Summary Report 2015

Benchmarking     Community Engagement     Governance     Leadership     Service Delivery
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. Read more »
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Published: 17/06/2015

Why Local Government Matters: Full Report 2015

Benchmarking     Community Engagement     Governance     Leadership     Service Delivery
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. Read more »
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Published: 17/06/2015

Building Social Cohesion in our Communities: Summary Document

Community Development     Community Engagement     Managing Demographic Change     Social Cohesion
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. Read more »
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Published: 17/06/2015 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Learning Community Framework and Measuring Impact Toolkit - Volume 2

Benchmarking     Managing Demographic Change
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. Read more »
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Published: 29/05/2015 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Learning Community Framework and Measuring Impact Toolkit - Volume 1

Benchmarking     Managing Demographic Change
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. Read more »
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Published: 29/05/2015 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Council approaches to leadership: Research into good practice

Leadership
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. Read more »
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Published: 08/04/2015 Program: Advancing Leadership Initiative

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.  Read more »
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Published: 31/03/2015 Program: Learning in Local Government

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

Economic Development     Regional Development
This report identifies the factors contributing to building strong sustainable regional capitals and regions and local government's role in regional development. Read more »
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Published: 25/03/2015

Local Government Growing Regional Australia: Volume 1 – Report

Economic Development     Regional Development
This report identifies the factors contributing to building strong sustainable regional capitals and regions and local government's role in regional development. Read more »
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Published: 25/03/2015

Rural Councils Sustainability Project: Stage One Final Report

Financial Management     Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government
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. Read more »
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Published: 19/03/2015

Housing and Local Government in Australia in the 21st Century

Managing Demographic Change     Planning, Development and Open Space Management
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. Read more »
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Published: 11/03/2015

Profile of the Local Government Workforce

Workforce Development
This report outlines various characteristics of the national local government workforce, including in relation to gender, education, staff mobility, and workforce planning. Read more »
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Published: 13/02/2015

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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Published: 17/12/2014

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

Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government
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. Read more »
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Published: 24/10/2014 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

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

Inter-governmental Relations     Regional Development     Structural Reform
This 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. Read more »
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Published: 15/09/2014
Background paper

Guidelines for the Planning and Development of Child Care Facilities

Planning, Development and Open Space Management
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. Read more »
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Published: 26/08/2014

Public Value Summary Background Paper

Governance
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. Read more »
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Published: 08/08/2014

Towards More Sustainable Street Lighting

Asset Management     Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change
This Practice Note lays out the emerging street lighting options for Local Government in Australia; explains how these options will reduce costs, improve service levels and improve environmental outcomes; highlights key impediments to securing these potential benefits; and makes recommendations for action. Read more » Published: 01/08/2014 Program: Organisation capacity building

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

Leadership     Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government
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. Read more »
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Published: 14/07/2014 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

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

Leadership     Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government
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. Read more »
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Published: 14/07/2014 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

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

Inter-governmental Relations     Regional Development     Shared Services and Regional Collaboration
This paper examines the roles and relationships with local governments of Regional Development Australia Committees.
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Published: 02/07/2014 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change     Planning, Development and Open Space Management
This report outlines step-by-step framework for effectively embedding climate risk into council operations. Read more »
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Published: 14/05/2014 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Emergency Management     Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change     Planning, Development and Open Space Management
This volume outlines leading case studies and practical resources from Australian municipalities and overseas for embedding climate resilience into local government operations. Read more »
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Published: 14/05/2014 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

2014 Local Government Research Forum Abstract Booklet

Research Practice
This booklet contains the abstracts and presentation schedule for the 2014 Local Government Research Forum in Melbourne. Read more »
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Published: 17/04/2014 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Leadership in Local Government: Factors Affecting the Appointment of CEOs

Governance     Leadership     Workforce Development
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. Read more »
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Published: 11/04/2014 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Asset Management     Benchmarking
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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Published: 17/03/2014 Program: Organisation capacity building

Food Safety Strategy Template

Service Delivery
A 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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Published: 27/02/2014 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Food Safety Strategy Template: Supporting information

Service Delivery
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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Published: 26/02/2014 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Food Safety: Maximising impact by understanding the food business context

Service Delivery
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. Read more »
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Published: 26/02/2014 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Asset Management     Financial Management
This report looks at the potential applications of managed debt to address local infrastructure backlogs and positively support sustainable local communities and organisational performance. Read more »
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Published: 24/02/2014 Program: Organisation capacity building

Rural-Remote and Indigenous Community Engagement Resource Index

Community Engagement     Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government
An index of community engagement toolkits, guides, manuals, templates and training courses assessed for their suitability for rural-remote and Indigenous councils. Published: 07/01/2014

2013

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

Community Engagement     Governance     International
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. Read more »
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Published: 09/12/2013 Program: Innovation and best practice

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

Governance     Inter-governmental Relations     Leadership
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. Read more »
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Published: 03/12/2013 Program: Governance Improvement

Local Representation in Australia: A View from Victoria

Governance     Leadership
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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Published: 03/12/2013 Program: Governance Improvement

Profile of the Local Government Workforce (Summary)

Benchmarking     Workforce Development
 A brief profile of the local government workforce based on data compiled by ACELG.
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Published: 06/11/2013 Program: Local Government Practice Unit

Australian Local Government Financial Reform - A Federal Perspective

Financial Management     Inter-governmental Relations
This briefing paper offers a first person account of federal interventions to increase local government`s long term financial sustainability. Read more » Read more »
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Published: 31/10/2013 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

The Role and Future of Citizen Committees in Australian Local Government

Community Engagement     Governance     Service Delivery
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. Read more »
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Published: 19/09/2013 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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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Published: 04/09/2013

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

Planning, Development and Open Space Management
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 » Read more »
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Published: 08/08/2013 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Managing Demographic Change     Research Practice
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 » Read more »
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Published: 07/08/2013 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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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Published: 11/07/2013

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

Inter-governmental Relations     International
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. Read more »
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Published: 05/06/2013

Learning as a Driver for Change

Community Engagement     Service Delivery
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 Read more »
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Published: 03/06/2013

Learning Communities Framework

Benchmarking     Service Delivery
Accompanying resource to the Learning as a Driver for Change research report.
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Published: 03/06/2013

Local Government Researchers` Forum Booklet

Research Practice
A compiled volume outlining the forum and the contained presentations. Read more »
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Published: 16/05/2013 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Community Wellbeing Indicators: Measures for Local Government

Benchmarking     Service Delivery
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. Read more »
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Published: 01/05/2013 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Managing Demographic Change     Research Practice
A discussion paper about the research capacity of the City of Melbourne. Read more »
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Published: 18/04/2013

Social Enterprises and Local Government: A Scoping Study

Economic Development     Regional Development     Service Delivery
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  Read more »
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Published: 06/03/2013

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

Economic Development     Financial Management
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. Read more »
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Published: 26/02/2013 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Make Your Knowledge Matter: Guide to Developing and Documenting Research

Research Practice
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. Read more »
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Published: 03/02/2013 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Workforce Development
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. Read more »
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Published: 30/01/2013 Program: Learning in Local Government

2012

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

Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government     Workforce Development
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. Read more »
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Published: 13/12/2012 Program: Local Government Practice Unit

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

Community Engagement     Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government
This report considers whether rural-remote and Indigenous local governments in Australia have developed robust community engagement processes. Read more »
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Published: 10/10/2012 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

Australian Mayors: What Can and Should They Do?

Governance     Leadership
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. Read more »
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Published: 03/10/2012 Program: Governance Improvement

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

Governance     Leadership
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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Published: 18/09/2012 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Innovation
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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Published: 12/09/2012

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

Community Engagement
The report provides practitioners detail about social media policy and decision-making within local government. Further project information here
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Published: 23/08/2012 Program: Innovation and best practice

Search Conference Background Paper: Strengthening Local Government Revenue

Financial Management
This paper references reviews of local governments` finances, and explores the key themes and findings for local government.
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Published: 07/08/2012 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Service Delivery Reviews in Australian Local Government

Benchmarking     Service Delivery
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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Published: 31/07/2012 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Using Social Media in Local Government: 2011 Survey Report

Community Engagement
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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Published: 27/06/2012 Program: Innovation and best practice

National Assessment Framework

Asset Management     Financial Management
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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Published: 24/06/2012 Program: Organisation capacity building

Local Action for a Low Carbon Future

Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change
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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Published: 13/06/2012 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Leadership     Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government
Results from a survey about capacity building in rural-remote and Indigenous councils.
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Published: 28/05/2012 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

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

Shared Services and Regional Collaboration
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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Published: 22/05/2012

Local Government Service Delivery to Remote Indigenous Communities

Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government     Service Delivery
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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Published: 22/05/2012 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

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

Innovation
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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Published: 22/05/2012 Program: Innovation and best practice

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

Innovation
Supplement to the Better Practice Guide titled Innovation in Local Government: Defining the Challenge, Making the Change.
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Published: 22/05/2012 Program: Innovation and best practice

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

Economic Development     Managing Demographic Change     Regional Development     Rural-Remote and Indigenous 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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Published: 09/05/2012 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

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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Published: 01/05/2012

ACELG 2011 Annual Report

ACLEG's annual report on activities for the year ended December 2011.
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Published: 01/05/2012

A National Review of Training and Development for Local Government Councillors

Leadership     Workforce Development
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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Published: 19/04/2012 Program: Learning in Local Government

Workforce Planning and Development: Capacity Building Opportunities

Workforce Development
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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Published: 17/04/2012 Program: Learning in Local Government

eLearning in Local Government

Workforce Development
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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Published: 16/04/2012 Program: Local Government Practice Unit

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

Governance     Metropolitan Governance and Cities     Planning, Development and Open Space Management     Shared Services and Regional Collaboration     Structural Reform
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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Published: 28/03/2012 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Report on Local Government Researchers Forum

Research Practice
This report documents the processes, outcomes and recommendations of the ACELG Local Government Researchers Forum held in December 2011.
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Published: 15/03/2012 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Long Term Financial Planning Practice Note

Financial Management
A 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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Published: 16/02/2012 Program: Organisation capacity building

Role and Expectations of Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government

Community Engagement     Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government     Service Delivery
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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Published: 14/02/2012 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

Options for a Local Government Framework for Measuring Liveability

Benchmarking     Service Delivery
This research maps current research and thinking on the state of community liveability indicator development across Australia.
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Published: 08/02/2012 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Evolution in Community Governance: Building on What Works

Governance
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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Published: 01/02/2012 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Regional Development     Shared Services and Regional Collaboration
The report outlines the variety of ROCs (or council alliances) in NSW and Western Australia and suggests some future directions.
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Published: 17/01/2012 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

2011

Local Government Researchers Forum Abstracts + Schedule

Research Practice
The abstracts and schedule from the 2011 Local Government Researchers Forum held at the University of Technology, Sydney.
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Published: 14/12/2011 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Local Government and Community Governance: A Literature Review

Governance     Leadership
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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Published: 01/11/2011 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Local Government and Community Engagement in Australia

Community Engagement
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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Published: 01/11/2011 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Workforce Development
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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Published: 01/10/2011 Program: Learning in Local Government

Local Government and Community Engagement: Annotated Bibliography

Community Engagement
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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Published: 28/09/2011 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Unfinished Business? A Decade of Inquiries into Australian Local Government

Inter-governmental Relations
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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Published: 20/09/2011 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change
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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Published: 27/08/2011 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

In response to the Henry Review, this ACELG Working Paper highlights relevant issues and makes recommendations for  local government.
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Published: 16/06/2011 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Annual Report 2010

ACLEG`s report on activities for the year ended December 2010
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Published: 08/06/2011

Australian Business Excellence Framework Case Studies

Leadership
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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Published: 03/06/2011 Program: Governance Improvement

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

Regional Development     Shared Services and Regional Collaboration     Structural Reform
Volume 1 of the 'Options for Consolidation' report. Read more.
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Published: 19/05/2011 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

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

Regional Development     Shared Services and Regional Collaboration     Structural Reform
Volume 2 of the 'Options for Consolidation' report. Read more.
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Published: 19/05/2011 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Local Government Climate Change Roundtable Document

Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change
The roundtable document which includes the agenda and the four papers discussed.
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Published: 04/05/2011 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

Second International Roundtable on Metropolitan Governance - Summary Paper

Metropolitan Governance and Cities
A summary paper of the Second International Roundtable on Metropolitan Governance held in Brisbane in August 2010.
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Published: 01/03/2011 Program: Governance Improvement

International Roundtable on Metropolitan Governance - Summary Paper

Metropolitan Governance and Cities
A summary paper of the International Roundtable on Metropolitan Governance held in Sydney in December 2009.
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Published: 01/03/2011 Program: Governance Improvement

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

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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Published: 28/02/2011 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

Australian Local Government and Climate Change Working Paper

Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change
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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Published: 31/01/2011 Program: Research and Policy Foresight

2010

Overview of Fourteen Excellence Frameworks

Leadership
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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Published: 14/11/2010 Program: Governance Improvement

Promoting Excellence and Continuous Improvement

Leadership
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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Published: 08/11/2010 Program: Governance Improvement

Aspiring Leaders Partnership

Leadership
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Published: 28/09/2010 Program: Advancing Leadership Initiative

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

Workforce Development
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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Published: 08/09/2010

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

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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Published: 15/08/2010 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

Northern Territory Scoping Study

Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government
A scoping study prepared for ACELG by Charles Darwin University (CDU).  
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Published: 05/08/2010 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

Western Australian Scoping Study

Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government
A scoping study prepared for ACELG by Edith Cowan University (ECU)  
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Published: 05/08/2010 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

Queensland Indigenous Councils Scoping Study

Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government
A scoping study prepared for ACELG by Dr Michael Limerick.
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Published: 05/08/2010 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

Queensland Non-amalgamated Councils Scoping Study

Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government
A scoping study prepared for the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) by Alan Morton of Morton Consulting.
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Published: 05/08/2010 Program: Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government

Local Government Indigenous Employment Green Paper

Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government     Workforce Development
This paper explores untapped labour pools and investment in the recruitment and development of Australian Indigenous workers.
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Published: 02/08/2010 Program: Local Government Practice Unit

Annual Report 2009

ACLEG`s report on activities for the year ended December 2009
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Published: 09/05/2010

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

Leadership
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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Published: 03/03/2010 Program: Governance Improvement