LGA Strategic Plan
2009 – 2012
The LGA recognises the need to have due regard to the strategic plans, policies
and service arrangements of other spheres of government, and in particular to
South Australia’s Strategic Plan and its State-wide and regional targets.
To represent and provide leadership and support to
Councils for the benefit of the South Australian Community.
KEY GOALS OF THE LGA
1. Facilitate the continued development and enhancement of Local Government in
2. Continue to build stronger relationships with State and Federal Governments and
other key stakeholders.
3. Promote and advance opportunities for improved funding for South Australian
4. Promote a greater understanding of Local Government with all stakeholders, and
encourage increased community engagement with Council democratic
Key Result Areas page
1. Representing Local Government ................................... ............................. 2
2. Providing Leadership and Building Capacity.......................................... ...... 3
3. Improving Finance, Infrastructure & Resources .. ........................................ 4
4. Encouraging Participation ........................................ ................................... 5
5. Monitoring LGA Enterprises ................................. ....................................... 6
6. Facilitating Research & Development .................. ....................................... 7
7. Managing LGA Governance ........................................................................ 8
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KEY RESULT AREA: 1. REPRESENTING LOCAL GOVERNMENT
OBJECTIVE: Ensure that Local Government’s voice is heard, and its
interests are represented.
1.1 Work effectively with the State Government to achieve the objectives
and activities outlined in the State / Local Relations Agreement, and
promote constructive communication with all Members of State
Parliament and senior State public servants on all matters pertaining
to Local Government’s interests, including but not limited to:
changes to government service delivery affecting local
the effectiveness of existing or proposed legislation
impacting on Local Government; and
changes to functional areas of responsibility.
1.2 Pursue opportunities to work more effectively with the Federal
Government within the established Intergovernmental Agreement,
and enhance relationships and communication with all Members
of Federal Parliament on matters relevant to Local Government.
1.3 Promote issues affecting SA Local Government with the Australian
Local Government Association (ALGA) and other relevant bodies
operating at the national level.
1.4 Ensure that Local Government is strongly and effectively
represented on State and Federal Government boards and
committees and other outside bodies where appropriate, and that
the selection of Local Government representatives is based on
1.5 Monitor the progress of the State Government’s Community
Engagement Board on the development, implementation and
promotion of State and Regional targets in South Australia’s
Strategic Plan, and promote opportunities for the three spheres of
government to align their strategic planning and policy
1.6 Participate in, and monitor the results of the Planning System
Review in SA including consultation and the provision of advice
and information to Councils.
1.7 Identify opportunities and approaches for collaboration, shared
services and partnerships among Councils, and between Local
Government and the other spheres of government, that recognise
Local Government’s contribution to the economic, social and
environmental well being of SA communities.
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KEY RESULT AREA: 2. PROVIDING LEADERSHIP AND BUILDING
OBJECTIVE: Provide leadership and promote continuous improvement in
Local Government, assisting Councils to continuously
improve their capacity to provide efficient and effective
services to their communities in an accountable and
2.1 Work with Councils to develop a shared vision for the future of
Local Government in South Australia, including an understanding
of the challenges and opportunities it faces.
2.2 Encourage honesty and transparency in Local Government,
support appropriate new processes and mechanisms which allow
for effective investigation and resolution of allegations of improper
conduct, and promote, facilitate and encourage Councils to
implement innovative and effective approaches to undertaking
their governance roles and functions.
2.3 Work to ensure the availability of relevant data and information to
assist Councils and their communities to develop appropriate
responses to demographic changes and emerging trends, and to
provide information about the performance and activities of
2.4 Develop, provide and promote education and training, workforce
planning, and professional development activities for Council
Members and Staff, and assist Local Government professional
networks in their role of supporting professional staff, where
2.5 Represent and support Local Government in industrial and
employee relations matters, and provide support to individual
Councils on request.
2.6 Provide support and leadership to Councils to develop strategic
approaches and effective Federal / State / Local collaboration on
relevant current issues, including (but not limited to):
waste management issues, including economic analysis of
the ongoing role of Local Government and the identification
of opportunities for improvement:
natural resource management;
water management and security;
environmental sustainability and climate change;
economic development; and
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KEY RESULT AREA: 3. IMPROVING FINANCE, INFRASTRUCTURE &
OBJECTIVE: Pursue improved funding for Councils, encourage the
implementation of sustainable financial management
practices, and foster an increased capacity to develop and
maintain relevant community infrastructure.
3.1 Continue to lobby governments and political parties, and support
the work of the ALGA and other relevant bodies to ensure that
an increased and equitable share of funding is apportioned to
3.2 Continue to advance the recommendations of the Financial
Sustainability of Local Government Inquiry Report, including
working with Councils to ensure a high level of understanding of,
and commitment to, long term financial sustainability.
3.3 Work with State and Federal Governments, Councils, the ALGA,
and other relevant stakeholders to support infrastructure related
issues including (but not limited to):
implementation of the State Wide Wastewater Management
Project to upgrade existing CWM (formerly STED) schemes
and construct new schemes;
implementation of the State Infrastructure Plan and
identification of opportunities for the alignment of regional
and local infrastructure plans with the State Plan;
the ALGA’s endeavours to encourage the Federal
Government to establish a national community infrastructure
the funding of upgrades to Council recreation and sport
facilities to meet the requirements of the various sporting
codes and peak bodies.
3.4 Develop strategies to manage the increasing costs to Councils
and their communities of extensive statutory enforcement
3.5 Assist Councils to advance projects and proposals for joint
Federal/State/Local Government activities, including the
establishment of effective Regional Development Australia
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KEY RESULT AREA: 4. ENCOURAGING PARTICIPATION
OBJECTIVE: Promote community involvement and participation in the
system of Local Government.
4.1 Assist Councils to identify opportunities to enhance and plan for
the environmental, social and economic development of local
and regional communities.
4.2 Promote a positive image and understanding of the role of Local
Government in the community, including in the media.
4.3 Promote Local Government elections, encourage a greater
number of persons interested in nominating for election and
strive for an increase in voter turnout.
4.4 Assist Councils to enhance their communication and
engagement strategies with communities, by a variety of
appropriate media including the use of information technology.
4.5 Support Councils to identify ways to better involve and increase
the representation of specific groups such as Aboriginal people,
young people, small business and other under represented
groups in the delivery of Local Government Services and other
4.6 Promote greater participation by women in Local Government,
by working closely with relevant agencies and organisations and
by supporting Councils to undertake related activities.
4.7 Maintain an up-to-date public access website that provides a
gateway to SA Council websites and relevant information on
general Local Government issues and processes.
4.8 Assist Councils to promote careers in Local Government
particularly in areas of existing and future skill shortages.
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KEY RESULT AREA: 5. MONITORING LGA ENTERPRISES
OBJECTIVE: Represent Local Government’s interests in LGA, and other
sector-level enterprises, (Local Government Finance
Authority, Local Super, LGA Workers Compensation Scheme,
LGA Mutual Liability Scheme, Local Government Corporate
Services), and monitor opportunities for further enterprise
activity to achieve benefits to Councils.
5.1 Participate in governance reviews, policy development and
strategic direction activities of the boards of enterprises on which
the LGA has representation.
5.2 Monitor the performance and operations of LGA enterprises and
where necessary seek to initiate changes through board
structures and practices.
5.3 Enhance current LGA enterprises and develop new structures to
benefit Councils and their local communities.
5.4 Produce an LGA news bulletin and use other appropriate
methods to provide Councils with regular information regarding
the performance of LGA enterprises.
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KEY RESULT AREA: 6. FACILITATING RESEARCH AND
OBJECTIVE: Ensure strategic research and development needs and
opportunities are identified and resourced.
6.1 Promote the Local Government Research & Development
Scheme (LGR&DS) and the projects funded by the scheme by:
ensuring that every opportunity and encouragement is
provided for Councils, regions, professional bodies and other
relevant parties to access funds for sector-wide projects;
consulting with Councils annually regarding all aspects of the
operations of the LGR&DS; and
promoting the benefits and outcomes derived from research
projects undertaken by the LGA, professional groups and
6.2 Identify avenues to increase the funding available for research
activities within Local Government, including establishing
collaborative arrangements with universities and other key
6.3 Explore methodologies to engage with the Local Government
Centre of Excellence, to ensure that its activities support the
continued growth and development of Local Government in
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KEY RESULT AREA: 7. MANAGING LGA GOVERNANCE
OBJECTIVE: Ensure LGA resources and services are managed efficiently
7.1 Provide timely, effective and professional support to the State
Executive Committee, Senior Executive Committee,
Metropolitan Local Government Group, South Australian
Regional Organisations of Councils, and other LGA Committees
and Working Parties.
7.2 Attend Regional LGA meetings and adopt consultation,
communication and reporting strategies that support and
enhance information flow between Councils, Regional LGAs and
7.3 Continue to review, revise, and implement the LGA’s
Governance mechanisms, documents and standards, to ensure
that it operates effectively and efficiently and in accordance with
leading practice, including:
meeting Constitutional requirements regarding the conduct
of elections and the holding of Annual and General
undertaking a regular review and endorsement of the LGA
Policy Manual; and
identifying opportunities to enhance the quality of services
provided to Councils by the LGA and its enterprises.
7.4 Identify and implement strategies to improve the use of
technology in the delivery of LGA services.
7.5 Adopt flexible work practices, providing a safe working
environment, challenges, career development and job
satisfaction for staff of the Secretariat.
7.6 Effectively and efficiently manage Local Government House via
the Council Purchasing Authority.
7.7 Provide effective communication with Council Members and staff
about current and proposed LGA activities, events and programs
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