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  • ALGA has provided a submission to the Federal Government’s Housing Legislative Package.  Across Australia, the supply and availability of affordable housing is a critical issue facing most local governments and their communities.  The lack of suitable housing impacts the well-being and economic productivity of local communities.  Councils can play a key role in facilitating and+

  • Win! Disaster Recovery funding now available Last year, ALGA’s advocacy secured a new $200 million Disaster Ready Fund (DRF), and I’m pleased to let you know that first round of funding is now open for applications. Only states and territories are eligible to apply through Round One. However, the National Emergency Management Agency wants all+

  • The first round of funding for the Federal Government’s $200 million Disaster Ready Fund (DRF) is now open for applications. Only states and territories are eligible to apply in round one.  However, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has encouraged all jurisdictions to work closely with local governments across Australia to identify suitable projects. The+

  • As part of a new ALGA News segment, we sat down with Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) boss Michael Caltabiano to discuss Australia’s flood and rain-damaged roads and the need for an urgent rethink of road construction, maintenance and to embrace new technologies. ALGA:  Can you tell us about the shocking state of Australia’s local+

  • Please find relevant updates provided by the Australian Government regarding the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code and other important citizenship ceremony information. Updates to the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code The Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code has been updated to reflect: Councils must hold a citizenship ceremony on Australia Day, or the three days prior or three days+

  • The call for Motions is now closed. Motions were due by Friday 24 March 2023 and must be lodged online. The theme for this year’s NGA will be “Our Communities, Our Future”. ALGA is seeking motions that align with this theme and identify opportunities for new federal programs and policies that will support councils to+

  • ALGA has welcomed the appointment of David O’Loughlin to the Federal Government’s new National Housing Supply and Affordability Council. As a former ALGA President with vast local government experience, Mr O’Loughlin, an Urban Renewal Authority Director in SA, joins a range of senior leaders on the interim council including: Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, the CEO of Mirvac Group+

  • The Federal Government’s common sense decision to allow more flexibility for councils to hold citizenship ceremonies around Australia Day has been welcomed by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) today. The Government has updated the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code to allow councils to hold Australia Day citizenship ceremonies in the period from Monday 23 to+

  • Win! Minister backs local government in Parliament It was tremendous to hear Local Government Minister Kristy McBain singing the praises of local councils during a Question Time speech in Parliament on 1 December. She applauded our sector as a “trusted delivery partner” and “the only level of government who deliver services to every town, village+

  • JOINT MEDIA RELEASE With the cost of repairing Australia’s flood and rain damaged roads expected to top $3.8 billion, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has joined with the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) to call for an urgent rethink of road construction, maintenance and funding. Speaking of behalf of Australia’s 537 councils, ALGA President Linda+

  • ALGA has been working closely with Our Watch – a national leader in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia – to develop a suite of new resources for councils. The organisation was created to drive nationwide change in the practices, norms and structures that lead to violence against women and+

  • Councils are being urged to make a submission to a parliamentary committee inquiry about the implications of severe weather events on Australia’s regional, rural and remote road network. Following the extreme flooding and weather events this year, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Development, Infrastructure and Transport has launched a formal inquiry into+

  • Local governments are a trusted partner of the federal government and effectively deliver services on behalf of the Commonwealth, Local Government Minister Kristy McBain told Question Time on Wednesday (30 November).  “The local government sector is a trusted delivery partner for the federal government. They are the only level of government who deliver services to+

  • Local governments can access a new guide to help prevent and address illegal asbestos disposal.  Developed by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA), the guide has been developed to help councils both manage and control the risks from illegal asbestos disposal.  It provides practical examples of actions councils can take to prevent illegal asbestos+

  • Australian councils are encouraged to apply for funding through a new Safe and Together Community Grants Program, managed by the Department of Home Affairs.  This Commonwealth program is aimed at helping organisations develop local initiatives to support Australian communities and vulnerable individuals to strengthen their resistance to extremism.  Community-based organisations, including councils, can apply for+

  • Win! New Disaster Ready Fund Legislated In response to ALGA’s advocacy, we’re so pleased the Federal Government has successfully legislated to establish a new Disaster Ready Fund, which will enable local governments to seek funding – up to $200m annually – for infrastructure that mitigates against the impact of natural disasters on our communities. If+

  • Australia’s 537 councils are looking to work with the Commonwealth Government to deliver Australia more engineers, town planners, building surveyors, environmental health officers, accountants and HR professionals, according to a new snapshot of the nation’s local government workforce released today.    ALGA President Cr Linda Scott said the 2022 Local Government Workforce Skills and Capability+

  • The 2022 Local Government Workforce Skills and Capability Survey report was funded by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, and delivered in conjunction with ALGA and its member associations. The survey was sent to all Australian councils and updates a previous local government workplace survey undertaken in 2018. These survey+

  • The passing of Disaster Ready Fund (DRF) legislation in Parliament delivering $200 million per year for vital disaster mitigation projects has been welcomed by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). ALGA President Linda Scott said this new funding was critical for protecting Australian communities from disaster events. “Local government advocacy secured this new Disaster Ready+

  • Councils are invited to apply for new federal funding through the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program, run by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.  The Australian Government has committed $4 million towards Round 8 of HVSI funding for new projects that will help support a safer heavy vehicle industry.  Project submissions must address the themes+

  • Circular Australia – an independent not-for-profit company – has released a new guide for local governments and other organisations to take action on progressing towards a circular economy.  In collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, the study kickstarts a national dialogue on how to report and measure progress towards designing+

  • ALGA President Cr Linda Scott was a keynote speaker at the Local Government Association of the NT Convention in Darwin on 17 November.  Cr Scott highlighted several of ALGA’s advocacy wins this year, secured in collaboration with LGANT and other state associations,  These wins included a $750 million expansion of the Local Roads and Community+

  • ALGA President Cr Linda Scott was a keynote speaker at the Australian Airports Association Conference in Adelaide on 16 November.   Cr Scott highlighted the importance of council-run regional airports to local communities and how more funding support is urgently needed.  Across Australia, local governments own and operate more than 300 small airports and aerodromes –+

  • Feedback is invited on the Federal Government’s new draft guidelines for drone delivery services in Australia. The drone delivery guidelines step through regulatory requirements for drone operators and guide planning authorities, including councils, to make informed decisions about drone delivery services in communities: The guidelines are open for consultation, including from local government, until 2+

  • Congratulations to Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett and WALGA President Karen Chappel, both elected as your ALGA Vice Presidents at our recent ALGA AGM. I’m honoured to have been re-elected as your ALGA President, unopposed, and look forward to serving Australian local governments for a further two years. On behalf of the Board, I wish to+

  • The Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) is launching a new network for local government road safety practitioners. The network will be launched with a webinar on Friday 18 November exploring and celebrating road safety strategic planning. The webinar will discuss the formation of the Local Government Road Safety Practitioners network, which enables members to:+

  • More than 200 elected members and council staff attended ALGA’s 2022 National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Hobart from 2-3 November.  With the theme of Collaborating to improve Safety, Sustainability and Productivity, the Congress focused on delivering safer roads, building more resilient infrastructure, reducing emissions and boosting national productivity.  Political leaders and guest speakers+

  • The Australian Roads Research Board will host a series of workshops for councils on roads and bridges throughout November and December. The Fundamentals of Building Roads The Fundamentals of Building Roads is a day-long, intermediate level, in-person course which fulfils Australia’s unprecedented need for a broad-based understanding of pavements across all levels, from industry managers+

  • The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) is inviting councils to participate in National Asbestos Awareness Week (NAAW) 2022 during 21-27 November. NAAW 2022 reminds Australians to Think Twice About Asbestos and encourages home occupiers and tradespeople to ‘do things the right way’ by ensuring the proper and lawful disposal of asbestos. This is the+

  • Win! ALGA’s advocacy has delivered hundreds of millions of dollars for councils in last week’s Federal Budget, including a $250 million extension of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and a new $200 million Disaster Ready Fund. The Budget also included an extra $100 million in Financial Assistance Grants for councils, bringing the total+

  • In 2019, ALGA was proud to be a co-signatory in a landmark agreement that marks a new chapter in the national effort to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The National Agreement on Closing the Gap (July 2020) required all Parties to the Agreement to develop their own Implementation Plan to support the+

  • Due to popular demand, a new virtual registration option is available for next week’s National Local Roads and Transport Congress. The cost of virtual attendance over the two days is $275 per person, and registrations are now open. This year’s Congress will be an unmissable event and held at Wrest Point in Tasmania from 2-3+

  • Local governments have signed up to a landmark Housing Accord between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, investors, and the residential development, building and construction sector that plans to deliver up to one million affordable homes for Australians. President Linda Scott said including the Australian Local Government Association as a representative of Australia’s 537 councils+

  • Councils can now apply for up to $30,000 in National Australia Day Council (NADC) grants for community events that encourage their communities to reflect, respect and celebrate on Australia Day 2023. The NADC is offering a total of $7.6 million in grants to Australian local government authorities and community organisations as part of its Australia+

  • Win! 16 councils will share in more than $50 million in federal funding through the latest round of the Government’s Bridges Renewal Program. Councils are responsible for more than 22,000 bridges across the country, many of which are old and no longer meet modern requirements. The Bridges Renewal Program plays a key role supporting councils+

  • CitySwitch is a national program that helps office-based businesses reduce their emissions by mapping a pathway to net zero and connecting them with others on the journey. The program is funded by City of Sydney, City of Melbourne, City of Adelaide and North Sydney Council, and is delivered locally across the country. It is free+

  • Australia’s 537 councils support a wide range of sports and active recreation activities, while also managing local waste and resource recovery. However, participation in sport and recreation requires a significant amount of equipment. For example, in a single year close to 7.5 million tennis balls and 8 million inflatable balls are imported for the Australian+

  • Ten Australian councils have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their communities in the 2022 National Awards for Local Government. The category award winners for 2022 are: Moorabool Shire Council (Victoria) for its Hide + Seek Music Festival project, in the Creativity and Culture category Sunshine Coast Council (Queensland) for its Sunshine+

  • 23 projects have been funded through the latest round of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program. This program provides federal funding to address issues where bridges are no longer fit for purpose, often involving the replacement of single-lane timber bridges with safer and more durable double-lane, modern concrete structures, and funding is provided to state,+

  • The Federal Government has launched a new website – drones.gov.au – to provide Australians with clear information about drone rules and regulations. The website has been developed to serve as a one-stop-shop for industry, recreational drone users and members of the public, and provides drone users with links to safety requirements as well as a+

  • ALGA President Linda Scott has urged the Government to continue to invest in councils and communities in this month’s Federal Budget.  “Investing in local government will support Australia’s 537 councils to train and upskill Australia’s future workforce, deliver more affordable housing, and support our transition to a low carbon future,” Cr Scott said.  “Providing councils+

  • Win! Thank you to Education Minister Jason Clare for recognising ALGA’s contributions to shaping the Government’s new childcare bill in Parliament this week. This bill will mean cheaper early education and care for families, while supporting local governments who provide these important services to our communities. Thank you to North Sydney and Western Downs Regional+

  • The final report released by the Government’s Regional Banking Taskforce has recommended that banks engage more closely with local councils when considering regional branch closures. ALGA President Linda Scott – who represented Australia’s 537 councils on the Taskforce – said this would help communities transition from branch closures in their towns and regions. “I want+

  • Early bird registrations have been extended for this year’s National Local Roads and Transport Congress by one week to 14 October. To be held in Hobart, Tasmania from 2-3 November, this year’s Congress will be an opportunity for councils to hear about proposed national heavy vehicle reforms, how they can support the transition to an+

  • The Australian Government’s Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is currently consulting on a new guide for councils to help combat illegal dumping and improper disposal of asbestos. This guide is being developed for council staff who are responsible for developing and implementing waste management strategies, as well as staff responsible for environmental and community health+

  • In a big win for Australia’s local governments, and as a direct result of ALGA advocacy, Prime Minister Albanese has reaffirmed his commitment to working with councils including re-establishing the Australian Council of Local Government. This shows the respect our new Federal Government has for the hard work and commitment of Australia’s mayors, councillors and+

  • The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Senator the Hon Carol Brown, and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie will both attend and speak at this year’s National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Hobart, Tasmania. Assistant Minister Brown will address delegates at the Congress welcome reception on+

  • The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), in collaboration with the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), is conducting an online survey to: Identify current career pathways within Road Safety Identify current career barriers to entering or progressing in a Road Safety career Identify current drivers that attract+

  • A key advocacy win secured by ALGA and its member associations in the lead up to this year’s election was a new $200 million per year federal disaster mitigation fund. At present, less than 5% of all disaster funding in Australia is spent on disaster mitigation and community resilience. This figure needs to rise to+

  • Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has reaffirmed his support for Australian councils, including his commitment to re-establishing the Australian Council of Local Government. Speaking after his CEDA State of the Nation address in Canberra last week, the Prime Minister said he wanted to re-engage directly with local government. “I believe, for example, that community infrastructure funding,+

  • ALGA President Linda Scott has paid tribute to the life and achievements of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, while providing councils with guidance on protocols following her passing. “On behalf of the nation’s 537 local governments, I extend my deepest sympathies to all members of the Royal family, following the death of Her Majesty Queen+

  • I was so humbled to attend last week’s Jobs Summit to represent all of you – 200,000 Australians working in our 537 local governments in more than 400 occupations. Contrary to popular opinion, our local government workforce looks a little like me – a majority of women, on average slightly younger than the average Australian+