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Issues and Opportunities
for Local Government
Community Indicators Summit
23rd July 2009
To explore the current Queensland Local
Government context and the potential
for community indicators on Local
Government planning and service
• LGAQ formed in 1896 to give local
government a united voice.
• The Association is the peak body
representing local government in its
dealings with other governments,
unions, business and the community
Queensland Local Government
•73 Councils
•73 Mayors and 480 Councillors
(553 Elected Members)
•Local Government's current
Workforce is approx 37,956
•Amalgamated in March 2008
•37 Continuing councils and 36
new councils (amalgamation or
boundary change
• Cook Shire has an area more
than half the size of Victoria
•Mt Isa is the largest City in the
world by area
•Redlands is the smallest council
in area with a population of more
than 25,000
What is Local
Business in
Includes community safety, libraries, housing, community engagement,
youth, cultural diversity, immigration & social capital, disaster management,
counter terrorism.
Includes public health, natural environment, climate change, waste and
waste management, pollution, recycling, pest management, natural resource
management (NRM), stock routes, vegetation and coastal management.
Includes insurance, councillor remuneration, rates and rating, accounting,
auditing, taxation and finance.
Includes local government reform, corporate planning, council reporting,
compliance, risk management, local laws, administration, elections, code of
conduct and freedom of information.
Includes native title, aboriginal and ATSI issues and indigenous cultural heritage.
Includes asset management, roads, roads alliance, transport, broadband, energy,
council infrastructure, storm water, water supply and waste water.
Includes land use planning, regional planning, disaster mitigation, building,
housing affordability, regulation reform, iconic places, electronic development
assessments (eDA) and built heritage.
Population migration (sea change, tree change), growth management, economic &
regional development, tourism, mining & resource communities.
Includes human resource management (HRM), workforce planning, recruitment,
training and development, workplace health & safety (WH&S), workplace
relations and enterprise bargaining.
What is the
current QLD
Current QLD Local Government Context
Land Use Pressures
Population Growth
Cost Shifting
Competing Priorities
Rural, Remote and
Urban Communities
• Climate Change
Asset Management
Resourced Communities
Workforce Strategy
including Ageing
Population, skills
attraction and retention)
• New Legislation
• Loss of subsidies
New Legislation
• Local Government Act 2009
• Sustainable Planning Act 2009
Local Government Act 2009
4 Local government principles underpin this Act
(1) To ensure the system of local government is accountable, effective, efficient and
sustainable, Parliament requires—
(a) anyone who is performing a responsibility under this Act to do so in accordance with the
local government principles; and
(b) any action that is taken under this Act to be taken in a way that—
(i) is consistent with the local government principles; and
(ii) provides results that are consistent with the local government principles, in as far as the
results are within the control of the person who is taking the action.
(2) The local government principles are—
(a) transparent and effective processes, and decision-making in the public interest; and
(b) sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure, and delivery of
effective services; and
(c) democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement; and
(d) good governance of, and by, local government; and
(e) ethical and legal behaviour of councillors and local Government employees.
Long Term Planning
104 (3) The planning and accountability documents
include the following documents—
(a) an annual report;
(b) a 5 year corporate plan;
(c) an annual operational plan;
(d) a long-term community plan;
(e) a long-term financial plan;
(f) a long-term asset management plan;
(g) a report on the results of an annual review of the
implementation of the long term plans mentioned in
this section.
Local Government Act 2009
Long Term Community Plan
(4) A long-term community plan is a
document that—
(a) outlines the local government’s goals,
strategies and policies for implementing the
local government’s vision for the future of
the local government area, during the period
covered by the plan; and
(b) covers a period of at least 10 years after
the commencement of the plan.
Local Government Act 2009
10 years
Community and council
Whole of the Community
Responsibility for Delivery
Federal Government
•State Government
•Local Government
Broad Strategic Vision for Community
Strategic Level
High Level Strategic
•Annually to broadly review the
•Minimum 5 yearly review in cycle with
the corporate plan
Role of Community Indicators
As Part of the Community Engagement
– Consider Statutory and Strategic plans
and / or other Legislative requirements
– Implement, Monitor, Evaluation and
Future Action Planning (Local, State and
Federal Govt and Community)
Role of Community Indicators
• Identify and Highlight Community
• Inform Planning, Advocacy and Service
• Build upon and integrate with broader
council planning processes
Contact details
Rachael Uhr
Social Policy Advisor
07 3000 2238
[email protected]