Restoring local government representation on National Cabinet and relevant Ministerial forums would ensure local viewpoints are considered in national decision making.
As we face social and economic challenges unseen in peace-time Australia, our nation needs its decision-makers working together. Australians want, expect, and need funding programs that deliver a locally led recovery from COVID-19 and a focus on opportunity rather than austerity.
Australia’s local governments are ready to work with the Commonwealth, as well as our state and territory governments, to help deliver a COVID-19 recovery program that reaches every Australian town, city and region.
If implemented, the seventeen priorities listed below would create more than 43,000 new jobs and add $6.46 billion to Australia’s annual Gross Domestic Product.
They would also ensure that every Australian has the opportunity to share in the benefits of our national recovery, and that no community is left behind.