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Dr Helen Swan Courage Partners. Lessons from the past: a new regional governance model for all levels of government. Context of today’s presentation Study framework – key findings Where we have come from Where to next - Policy Coherence Model
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Regional governance in the EU and the UK
Governance globally since WWII
Regional governance in Australian Federal Government context
Round One and Round Two Consultations
Spatial case studies: NSW and Riverina and experience in other jurisdictions
Lack of WoG, clarity of roles and responsibilities, alignment between levels
Local consultative structures to be more inclusive of broader community development
Design of policy / program - roll out and deadlines - led to deficiencies in assessment, transparency, administration
Short term planning, lack of implementation strategies (including PBS), evidence for evaluation, accountability, performance monitoring, targets1996-2007 initiatives: weaknesses
2006: NSW State Plan – strategic framework – regionalised - indicators
2008: review – data collection, implementation, collaboration
Multiple approaches to policy / planning / programs: statutory / non statutory, infrastructure, regional development (economic), catchment management
But … all have whole of state/territory strategic frameworks4: Case studies / other jurisdictions
Financial difficulties for local government
Lack of alignment / coherence between state and federal
Federal government leadership
Comprehensive strategic planning, long term
Evidence base, well represented consultative structures5. Consultation
Bottom-up, locally driven
Comprehensive strategic planning and policy development
Best practice performance measures
Transparency and accountability
Comprehensive, cooperative resourcing
Consensual and integrative leadership
Local leadership in planning and implementation
Regional Strategic Frameworks
Regional Leader’s Boards
Regional Leader’s Board/
with a lead role in frameworks
National Regional Leaders Board (including ALGA)
Dept of PM & C
Addressing sustainability is complex – are we really serious about it?
Good governance, public management, institutional frameworks essential
Place based, long term, strategic, flexible
Supported by strong leadership, political support and commitmentConclusions
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