September 1999 Edition

  • Strategic Partnerships

    The National Office of Local Government (NOLG), part of the Regional Services and Local Government Branch of the Federal Department of Transport and Regional Services, provides advice to the Minister on Local Government issues.
  • First Rural Transaction Centres approved

    Twelve councils have successfully secured funding in round one of the Federal Government's Rural Transaction Centres (RTC) Programme.
  • Leading Practice projects

    Fifty Leading Practice projects were funded through the National Office of Local Government in 1998-1999.
  • National Awards for Innovation launched

    The Federal Minister for Local Government, Senator Macdonald, recently launched the 12th National Awards For Innovation in Local Government (NAILG) at the 18th IMM National Congress in Canberra. The Awards are a major event for councils and identify and reward Local Government bodies who are developing and implementing innovative, resourceful practices that lead to an improvement in government outcomes.
  • GST update

    As a service to Local Government, we intend to give a regular update in The National Perspective on developments with the Government's tax reform package and in particular the broad-based Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • GST training

    Queensland's Pine Rivers Council is gearing up for the introduction of the GST. In August Council representatives attended workshops on the GST, conducted by the Local Government Association of Queensland.
  • City of Stirling's purpose designed Internet Training Centre

    Any trainee who has ever suffered from tuition by those who 'can do, cannot teach' will appreciate the attitude of Western Australia's City of Stirling. The City has established an Internet Training Centre in the Mirrabooka Library to assist residents and Council staff to make full use of this important area of communication and learning.
  • Across the Territory Local Government Learning

    The Local Government Association of the Northern Territory is set to launch a new information initiative to be called Local Government Learning. This follows the completion of the federally funded RAMP program in June.
  • All you need to know about Local Government

    Western Australian Councillors are enthusiastically embracing the Western Australian Municipal Association's extensive, nationally accredited, Elected Members Development Program. Conducted by the Municipal Training Branch, the Program aims to bring greater professionalism to Local Government.
  • Message from the Minister

    This issue includes the latest news on Local Government issues, particularly the Federal Government's most recent initiatives in Local Government.

  • Engineers take up the challenges

    President of the American Public Works Association and keynote speaker at the recent first International Congress of Local Government Engineers and Public Works, Robert Miller, told delegates that public works professionals must be willing to embrace change or 'risk becoming the technological dinosaurs of the 21st Century'.
  • Editorial

    As the clock counts down to the next millennium, communities across the nation, and the governments that represent them, face some important issues running through to our Centenary of Federation on 1 January 2001.
  • President's comment

    Each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Margaret Vigants, Local Government Association of the Northern Territory.
  • Cutting edge Congress CD

    Instead of the traditional large booklet, delegates attending the International Local Government Engineering and Public Works Congress received a CD Rom covering the conference proceedings and papers. Believed to be the first Local Government conference in Australia, and quite possibly overseas, to use this leading edge technology, the 650 Megabyte CD includes over 400 MB of video.
  • GST - prepare now

    The GST will be implemented in just under 11 months. This is enough time for Councils to be ready if, but only if, preparations start immediately.
  • Australia Day Y2K

    Western Australian communities have the opportunity to record their Australia Day 2000 celebrations in a documentary video.
  • Community involvement in Office extension

    When the Shire of Kent in Western Australia determined that it needed to extend the Shire Offices this was greeted with some scepticism by local residents. As many Councils find when they need to spend money to do their job more efficiently, those who are remote from Council operations do not always see the need for this outlay.
  • Changes we have seen

    Some of the most valuable and interesting information about the society we live in is not contained in books but in people's memories. Recognising this, Toowoomba City Council has produced a video featuring the recollections of its older citizens.
  • Business Entry Point and The New Tax System

    In July, legislation for A New Tax System (ANTS) Act 1999 passed into law. One of the objectives of ANTS is to make it easier for business to conduct dealings with government by establishing a system for registering businesses or 'enterprises', and issuing them with unique identifying numbers &endash; an Australian Business Number, or ABN.

  • GST update

    As a service to Local Government, we intend to give a regular update in The National Perspective on developments with the Government's tax reform package and in particular the broad-based Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • Jobs online

    Melbourne's Darebin City Council has begun advertising employment opportunities on its website. Like in many Council areas, Darebin is one of the largest employers. As such it advertises around 100 positions per year.
  • In house training saves child care services

    The development of a fully accredited Child Care Training Course has won Sydney's Sutherland Shire Council a Gold medal in the Progress in Staff Development Category of the 1999 Sydney Morning Herald/Institute of Municipal Management Awards.
  • 'Beyond Y2K' clean management training*

    Helping your people to keep your organisation 'Y2K clean', even after you have become Y2K compliant. As Australia's leading training provider in both IT and Professional Development skills, Drake understands that achieving Y2K compliance is a fundamental concern to all Australian organisations.
  • Executive Development program for Tasmanian Councils

    Senior management and elected members from Tasmanian Councils will be able to gain important knowledge and skills through an Executive Development program covering key issues in Local Government.
  • Leadership program benefits community

    Staff at Melbourne's Bayside City Council are gaining valuable management skills from Council's commitment to staff development programs. Recently, 60 managers and coordinators undertook a two day leadership program. The course focused on problem solving and synergy among teams.
  • Message from the Minister

    This issue includes the latest news on Local Government issues, particularly the Federal Government's most recent initiatives in Local Government.
  • Strategic Partnerships

    The National Office of Local Government (NOLG), part of the Regional Services and Local Government Branch of the Federal Department of Transport and Regional Services, provides advice to the Minister on Local Government issues.
  • First Rural Transaction Centres approved

    Twelve councils have successfully secured funding in round one of the Federal Government's Rural Transaction Centres (RTC) Programme.
  • Leading Practice projects

    Fifty Leading Practice projects were funded through the National Office of Local Government in 1998-1999.
  • National Awards for Innovation launched

    The Federal Minister for Local Government, Senator Macdonald, recently launched the 12th National Awards For Innovation in Local Government (NAILG) at the 18th IMM National Congress in Canberra. The Awards are a major event for councils and identify and reward Local Government bodies who are developing and implementing innovative, resourceful practices that lead to an improvement in government outcomes.

  • Councils urged to become 'fit for the future'

    Delegates at the Institute of Municipal Management NSW Division's Annual Conference held recently in Sydney were urged, as the Conference theme suggested, to make their Councils 'fit for the future'.
  • Editorial

    As the clock counts down to the next millennium, communities across the nation, and the governments that represent them, face some important issues running through to our Centenary of Federation on 1 January 2001.
  • President's comment

    Each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Brad Matheson President Municipal Association of Victoria
  • GST - prepare now

    The GST will be implemented in just under 11 months. This is enough time for Councils to be ready if, but only if, preparations start immediately.
  • Wyndham's quest for quality

    Conveniently located midway between Melbourne and Greater Geelong, the City of Wyndham has, for a number of years, marketed itself as Melbourne's best kept secret.
  • Liverpool to host Italian Olympic team

    Mayor of Liverpool, George Paciullo, and the Secretary General of the Italian Olympic Committee, Raffaele Pagnozzi, have signed an agreement making Liverpool the official host City for Italy's Olympic Team for the Sydney 2000 Games.
  • Council enters news game

    Brighton Council in Tasmania has stepped into the breach created by the slow demise of community newspapers. It has become the first Council in Tasmania to release its own community newspaper.
  • Business Entry Point and The New Tax System

    In July, legislation for A New Tax System (ANTS) Act 1999 passed into law. One of the objectives of ANTS is to make it easier for business to conduct dealings with government by establishing a system for registering businesses or 'enterprises', and issuing them with unique identifying numbers &endash; an Australian Business Number, or ABN.