Jun 25, 2009

New Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government

New Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

25 June 2009

The Australian Government has delivered $8 million for the new Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government – the first of its kind in Australia – to promote best practice, innovation and professionalism in local government.

The Centre will be based at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), as part of a consortium that includes the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), University of Canberra, Local Government Managers Australia and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia.

The announcement was made to mayors at the second meeting of the Australian Council for Local Government (ACLG) at Parliament House today.

The Centre will work with stakeholders to:

  • showcase outstanding examples of innovation and best practice;
  • deliver training and development including leadership programs; and
  • stimulate debate on critical issues facing local government.

The Government first announced funding for the new Centre at the inaugural meeting of the ACLG in November last year.

Today’s announcement concludes a rigorous competitive process conducted by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government as well as an evaluation committee of independent experts.

Australia’s universities and the local government sector showed strong interest in hosting and supporting the Centre.

Six bids were submitted, which together involved 21 of Australia’s 38 publicly funded universities, as well as the vocational education and training sector and professional organisations.

The successful consortium is well positioned to contribute to national debates on current and emerging challenges facing local government.

These include the impacts of the global economic recession, climate change and its consequences, management of local government infrastructure, and building and improving the capacity of local government to serve their communities.

Its courses and services will be available across urban, rural and remote Australia, using on-line delivery and physical presence.

The $8 million funding is a one-off payment which the Centre will supplement with contributions from UTS and its consortium partners.