National General Assembly 2018


17/06/2018 - 20/06/2018



Australia’s Future: Make it Local

Convened annually by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), the National General Assembly (NGA) of Local Government is the peak annual event for Local Government, attracting in excess of 800 Mayors and Councillors each year.

This event provides a unique opportunity for Local Government to engage directly with the Federal Government, to develop national policy and to influence the future direction of our councils and our communities.


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Responses from Ministers

1.5, 1.6, 47, 47.1, 70, and 88 – The Hon. Christian Porter MP, Attorney-General

3, 45, 45.1, 46, 50, 56, 58 and 60 – Senator The Hon. Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation

4 and 18 – Senator The Hon. Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance and the Public Service

7, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 24, 25, 26, 33, 65, 82, 83, and 84 – The Hon. Melissa Price MP, Minister for the Environment and The Hon. Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy

10 – Senator, The Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 60, 60.1, 61, 62, 72, 75, 76, 77, 77.1, 78, 79, 80, 80.1 and 89 – The Hon. Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

19, 20, 49, 73 and 87 – The Hon. Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

27, 28, 29, 30 and 59 – The Hon. David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources

34, 35 and 36 – Senator, The Hon. Linda Reynolds, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs

39, 39.1, 39.2 and 40 – Senator, The Hon. Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications and the Arts

42, 42.5,48, 64 and 91 – The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Families and Social Services

51, 52.1, 52.2 – The Hon. Ken Wyatt MP, Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health

53 and 90 – David Hardy, Department of Education and Training

54 and 55 – Senator, The Hon. Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation

87 – The Hon. Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population



David O’Loughlin, ALGA President’s Opening – Opening Speech and Opening Speech Presentation

Bernard Salt, Population and the Policy ImperativePresentation

Professor Ron Bartsch, Balancing Innovation and the Public Interest – Drones in Society Presentation

The Hon. Dr John McVeigh, Address to the 2018 National General Assembly of Local GovernmentSpeech

The Hon. Stephen Jones, Address to the 2018 National General Assembly of Local Government – Speech

Virginia Haussegger, The Case of Gender Diversity and Local Government – Unfortunately Virginia’s presentation cannot be distributed at this stage, however those specifically interested in gender diversity issues and women in leadership can find a number of relevant articles on the blog BroadAgenda and specifically on local government. You can subscribe for free (non-commercial) to receive a weekly update about gender diversity issues/research.

Virginia has also recently co-authored a report on the same subject, which can be found on the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation website, in the Report Hub, with a section on local government. A report on Co-Designing Gender Diversity in Local Government is also available on the 50/50 website.


Max Spedding, Recycling and Waste Concurrent Session – NWRIC Presentation

Brooke Donnelly, Recycling and Waste Concurrent Session – APCO Presentation

The Hon. Bill Shorten, Address to the 2018 National General Assembly of Local Government – Speech

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Dinner Address – Speech

The Hon Dr John McVeigh, Address to the 2018 National Awards for Local Government Speech


David Cull, Dealing with Major Disasters, Resilience and Ecnomic Challenges – Speech

Mark Groote, Creating Community ResiliencePresentation

NGA Photos

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NGA Handbook

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