• Maintaining and improving the quality of life of all citizens is a goal of all governments. The maintenance of our quality of life is dependent upon strengthening the economy through improving productivity, increasing workforce participation, ensuring a healthy environment and building greater social equity. To achieve these goals, governments need to continue to work together+

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  • Local government was disappointed by the decision in the 2014-15 Budget to pause the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) for three years. This decision will see FAGs frozen at their current level until 2017-18 and will result in a permanent reduction in the FAGs base by an estimated 13 per cent. The quantum of+

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  • The 2015 National State of the Assets 2015: Roads & Community Infrastructure Report summarises the outcomes of the data provided by 230 or 41% of local governments across Australia with a reported gross replacement value of $180 billion in local infrastructure under management. The report provides: A sound rationale and model for appropriate and targeted+

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  • ALGA is pleased to present this submission to Infrastructure Australia in response to issues raised in the Australian Infrastructure Audit 2015 for consideration in the preparation of the Australian Infrastructure Plan. ALGA welcomes the general inclusion of local government in the scope of the 2015 Audit and the opportunity to provide a submission in response+

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  • ALGA appreciates the opportunity to comment on the consultation draft on changes to the Low-Impact Facilities Determination (LIFD). This submission responds to the consultation draft on the proposed amendments to the Telecommunications (Low-Impact Facilities) Determination 1997 and the Telecommunications Regulations 2001, which was released for comment on 12 June 2015. Overall, ALGA supports the intention+

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  • This years report’s major theme  exposes the inequality that exists within and across Australia’s regions.  It reinforces what the OECD  has argued in its report: In It Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits All ( 2015), that there is need for a new policy approaches and investment that seek to decrease inequality and that the adoption of such+

  • ALGA welcomes the Taxation Issues Paper as the first step in the Government’s White Paper on Taxation. While this submission from ALGA responds to calls for submissions on the Issues Paper it draws heavily on ALGA’s comprehensive submission to the Tax Review undertaken by Dr Ken Henry in 2008-09. Many of the fundamental issues highlighted+

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  • Local government was dismayed by the decision in last year’s Budget to pause the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) for three years. This decision will see FAGs frozen at their current level until 2017-18 and will result in a permanent reduction in the FAGs base by about 13 per cent. ALGA is calling on+

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  • Most major and other roads have a local dimension. In particular, this includes ensuring that “first and last mile” issues are addressed. This aspect highlights the need for integrated planning involving all levels of government. Of the 344 councils sampled in 2013, 217 updated their data and a further 52 councils have provided their data+

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  • This year’s report examines the challenges facing Australia’s regions in strengthening their competitiveness in the global economy. Infrastructure investment remains one of the key drivers in economic growth and this year’s report continues to investigate the full range of infrastructure needs that are necessary in delivering  sustainable regional development across the country. The report discusses+

  • The 2013 National State of the Assets Report was launched at ALGA’s National Local Roads and Transport Congress on 13 November 2013.  The report is based on data provided by 183 urban councils and 161 rural councils, covering $98.3bn in assets under management. The report found that while councils indicated that the majority of concrete bridges+

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  • The 2013-14 State of the Regions Report presents further policy findings that builds on the work commenced by National Economics in last year’s 2012 -13 Rethinking Regional Development. This year’s Report provides further evidence on why a new national approach to regional development is required and what alternative policy approaches should be considered. The Report+

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  • This year’s report is timely given that it examines the future of regional development in light of the ongoing impacts of the patchwork economy, ever tightening fiscal budgets at both the national and jurisdictional levels, the darkening economic clouds in the United States of America and Europe. Consequently, the Report raises several questions designed to+

  • The 2011-12 State of the Regions report critically examines the regional effects of the mining boom which took off in 2005. The report produces a balanced analysis of both the benefits and costs associated with the mining boom and the effect the mining boom is having on other industries, as well as the potential regional implications when+

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  • 2010 was designated the Year of Women in Local Government. Although women represent just over 50 per cent of the population they are underrepresented at the local government level. At the last round of local government elections, women accounted for just 32% of all candidates and were elected to 30% of positions. Even fewer (24%)+

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  • The 2010-11 SOR analyses the issues surrounding housing supply and how these issues have impacted both on the SOR zones and the 65 SOR regions themselves. Supply issues lead to pricing pressures and these impacts are described in their zone and regional context. Construction activity across the zone types and regions is presented. The 2010-11+

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  • The 2008-09 State of the Regions report continues to focus on the challenges of climate change, especially given the financial economic crisis engulfing the globe. The Report adds to the accumulated knowledge of previous reports on climate change, including discussion of the impact of emissions trading on regional households. Several case studies are presented to+

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  • This report represents a supplement to the 2008-09 Report issued in December 2009. The supplement complements the original report by noting developments in the issues surrounding climate change and updates the regional income and labour market indicators to 2008-09.  There is also an update on the impacts of the GFC.

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  • The 2007-08 State of the Regions report focuses on climate change and its implications and impact on Australia’s diverse regions. The Report provides a useful overview of international, Commonwealth, state and territory greenhouse policies, as well as critically discussing some of the regional impacts of potential abatement measures and carbon taxes. The Victoria shire of+

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  • According to most publicised indicators, Australia’s economic performance over the past decade has been exemplary. Incomes have increased, unemployment has decreased, and the inflation rate has remained low. In addition, nearly all home-owners have received gratifying capital gains. For many, this additional wealth has provided psychological compensation for increased working hours and reduced employment security.+

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  • The 2005-06 State of the Regions report theme is at the very core of the issues that may well shape the economic development opportunities and competitiveness of Australia’s regions. The Report explores the case for the use of telecommunications infrastructure, to assist regions improve their performance.

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  • The objectives of the 2004-05 State of the Regions report (SOR) are to explore the case for the use of infrastructure development to assist regions to improve their performance and to update and extend the SOR regional performance indicators.

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  • The focus of the 2003-04 State of the Regions report is on how ageing, migration and population growth impact on the economic potential of regions and the revenue raising capacity of local government. The fundamental message from this year’s report is that for many regions strong positive population growth with a broad based age composition+

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  • The theme of the 2002-03 State of the Regions report is regional economic governance and along with the traditional update of the regional performance indicators. The Report focuses on governance and the linked issue of growing inequality between regions. This growing inequality is the result of the process commonly referred to as ‘globalisation’, but in+

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  • The theme of the 2001-02 State of the Regions report is jobs and learning regions. The prime concern is how well Australian regions are positioned to capture the economic development and employment benefits from the emergence of the knowledge-based or learning economy.

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  • The approach taken in State of the Regions (SOR) reports is to adopt an inclusive approach to Australia’s regions. All Australia is broken into geographical units. The advantage of this approach is that we are able to examine what is happening in all parts of Australia and compare the performance of different types of region

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  • This is the second State of the Regions report. The report is prepared by National Economics for the Australian Local Government Association. The report is part of an ongoing partnership between the two organisations to collaborate on projects designed to improve our understanding about local economies and their performance and prospects.

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  • This is the first edition of the State of the Regions report. The report is the outcome of a partnership between the Australian Local Government Association and National Economics (NIEIR). The preliminary report was prepared for delegates at the Regional Cooperation and Development Forum – Sustaining Futures for Our Regions, held in Canberra on 8+

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