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Welcome to South Australia. Opening. Welcome to our South African Visitors 11 October 2004 Adelaide, South Australia. Program. Session 1: LG in SA Session 2: The LGA Strucure Session 3: Intergovernment Relationships Session 4: LGA project activities. 1: LG in SA.

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Opening

Welcome to our

South African Visitors

11 October 2004

Adelaide, South Australia


Program

Session 1: LG in SA

Session 2: The LGA Strucure

Session 3: IntergovernmentRelationships

Session 4: LGA project activities


1: LG in SA

  • Australia is a “pluralist democracy”-i.e. citizens can go to any Government for help and Governments can disagree

  • Areas of discrete powers

  • Areas of joint responsibility

  • Financial transfers

  • Relationships unclear


1: LG in SA

  • Structure:

  • 68 Councils + ACDT + 5 Aboriginal Communities

  • 68 = 15% area 97% of population

  • 50 Country & 18 Metro Adelaide



1: LG in SA

  • Democratically elected body:

  • 3 year terms;

  • full adult franchise;

  • secret postal ballot;

  • proportional representation count & avge turnout 40%.


1: LG in SA

  • Council Members only exercise power as a group

  • Meetings open to public

  • No overt party politics

  • CEOs manage staff (~ 8000)


1: LG in SA

  • Smallest: 1160 Pop; A$1.16m

  • Largest: 150,000 Pop; A$80 m


1: LG in SA

Revenue:


1: LG in SA

Expenditure


1: LG in SA

Infrastructure Assets


LG Functions include:

  • Town Planning

  • Local Roads

  • Stormwater

  • Sport & Recreation

  • Waste Management

  • Libraries

  • Parks & Gardens

  • Food inspection / Env Health


1: LG in SA

Questions?


2: LGA

What?

  • ‘Voice’ of Local Government est. 1875

  • Membership organisation

  • All 68 Councils are members

  • - Plus Pitjantjatjara, Nepabunna and OACDT


2: LGA

Why?

  • Representation

  • - Voice of Local Government

  • - to State & Federal Governments;

  • - media etc

  • Leadership

  • - highlighting “best practice” to Councils

  • - supporting networking


2: LGA

Why?

  • Information

  • - visits, circulars, newsletter, website

  • Corporate schemes

  • - bulk purchasing


2: LGA

Structure

  • LG Act & Constitution

  • General Meeting & AGM

  • Policy Manual

  • Executive Committee


2: LGA

Structure

  • Senior Executive Committee

  • Metropolitan LG Group

  • SAROC (country regions)

  • Secretariat


2: LGA

Functions

  • Research

  • Policy Development

  • Vision/Strategies

  • Lobbying/Representation


2: LGA

Functions

  • Information/Advocacy

  • Services

  • Project Management


2: LGA

Capacity

  • LGA Budget A$2.2 million

  • - LGA Subscriptions A$1.4 m

  • - Business income A$0.4m

  • 25 staff (incl. projects)

  • 14% LG outlays via LG House

  • LG Research & Dev. Scheme


2: LGA

How?

  • Information

  • - web, paper, visits;

  • Consult

  • - surveys; forums; decisions at executive

  • Represent

  • - Minister’s Forum; Ministers; Officers; Parl’t; media


2: LGA

How?

  • Guide

  • - Manuals; Models; Training; Conferences

  • LG Research & Dev. Scheme


2: LGA

Entities

  • LG Finance Authority

  • LG Corporate Services

  • Superannuation Scheme

  • Public Liability Insurance


2: LGA

Entities

  • Workers’ Compensation

  • General Insurance

  • Public Libraries Purchasing


2: LGA

R & D Scheme

  • LG’s own research agenda

  • Tax Equivalent on LGFA

  • About A$800,000 p.a.

  • Principles, Purposes & Plan

  • Benefit Sector as whole

  • Strategic Policy work


2: LGA

National

  • State LGAs federated

  • Australian Local Government Association (ALGA)

  • Canberra office


2: LGA

National

  • Member of COAG

  • Ministerial Councils

  • Member ILUA-AUSPAC

  • Mainly lobbying on funding


2: LGA

Questions?


3: Intergovernment

  • Civilised but unclear

  • Funding important with Commonwealth

  • State Parliaments manage legal framework

  • Prime working relationships with State Governments


3: Intergovernment

  • Councils/State agencies – day to day relationship

  • History – ad hoc

  • Growing role of LGA


3: Intergovernment

  • State/Local Relations Agreement

  • Local Government Forum

  • LGA & Ministers


3: Intergovernment

LGA Role

  • Listening to Councils

  • Liaising with State agencies

  • Deal with “Government of the day”

  • Unless blocked


3: Intergovernment

LGA Role

  • Representations to Ministers

  • Lobby Parliament

  • Public Campaign


3: Intergovernment

S/L R Agreement

  • Signed Premier & President

  • Not legally binding

  • Points to good practice

  • Role for LG Forum

  • Annual list of priorities


3: Intergovernment

S/L R Agreement

Aims to:

“improve consultation arrangements, government communication practices and to build a closer, more productive and collaborative working relationship between State and Local Government.”


3: Intergovernment

S/L R Agreement

  • Co-ordination objectives

  • Shared understandings

  • Agreed principles

  • Communication and consultation expectations


3: Intergovernment

S/L R Agreement

  • Improved financial relations

  • Objectives, and

  • Shared strategic directions


3: Intergovernment

Annual Priorities

  • Alignment of strategic plans

  • Commonwealth relationships

  • Governance

  • Economic development


3: Intergovernment

Annual Priorities

  • Stormwater and STEDS

  • Waste management

  • Natural resources management

  • Planning and development

  • Housing


3: Intergovernment

Annual Priorities

  • Surplus Land

  • Improved financial information

  • Consultation guidelines on legislation


3: Intergovernment

LG Forum

  • 5 Ministers & others

  • 5 LGA Executive Members

  • 3 Senior State Officers

  • 3 Senior Local Government Officers

  • 2 Union representatives


3: Intergovernment

LG Forum

  • Agenda items agreed by OLG and LGA

  • Papers jointly prepared

  • Advice to Premier & Cabinet and LGA Executive

  • Focus on Priorities

  • Add value – not manage all


3: Intergovernment

Questions?


4: Activities

Selected issues

Comparative Performance Measurement


4: Activities

Selected issues

Annual Rating Strategy


4: Activities

Selected issues

Asset Management


4: Activities

Selected issues

Bulk Electricity


4: Activities

Selected issues

Online Services


4: Activities

Selected issues

Communication


4: Activities

Questions?


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