The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) provides the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) for people who do not speak English and for the English speakers who need to communicate with them. TIS National has access to more than 1300 contracted interpreters across Australia, speaking more than 130 languages and dialects.
In 2009 it is vital that the whole of the public sector looks to work together to ensure that it delivers value for the communities that it serves.
Australia’s economic future
Speaking at the Australian Local Government Association’s National Constitutional Summit in December, Chief Economist and Former Vice President for BT Funds Management, Dr Chris Caton, said that while 2009 will be a better year for investors than 2008, the Australian economy will clearly get worse before it gets better.
Living smart in Kalamunda
Residents of the Shire of Kalamunda in Western Australia recently had a unique opportunity to take affirmative action in their everyday lives by participating in the creation of a sustainable community.
The City of Prospect
The City of Prospect has once again taken the lead in helping its community adapt to climate change.
Editorial: avoiding the gloom of economic downturn
The State of the Regions report released last December states that the impact of the global financial crisis, climate change and moving towards a low carbon emissions economy, as well as the ongoing issue of inadequate broadband infrastructure, will continue to widen the gap between regions in Australia doing well and those not sharing the same benefits.
New young voice for Local Government
Local Government’s peak body, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), has elected the youngest President in its 50 year history as it moves to fill a much larger role, as Paul Lewer* reports.
Keys for success
Professor George Williams, the Anthony Mason Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, told delegates that he is confident constitutional recognition is achievable and prospects for success are quite high so long as the campaign is run properly.
Unanimous support for constitutional recognition summit declaration
The overwhelming majority of delegates agreeing to a set of principles regarding constitutional recognition of Local Government, as well as their unanimous endorsement for the Summit Declaration spelling out these principles in more detail, has been described by the President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Councillor Geoff Lake, as both a remarkable achievement and an historic juncture for Local Government.