The Associations represent the views of NSW metropolitan, regional and rural councils to other governments, provide industrial relations and other specialist services to councils and promote local government to the community.
Established in 1968 in its current form, the Local Government Association is recognised as the peak representative body for local government in South Australia. Although membership of the association is voluntary, every council in the state, along with the Anungu Pitjantjatjara have become members.
The Municipal Association of Victoria was formed in 1879 and is the peak representative and lobbying body for Victoria's 78 councils.
Founded in 1911, the Local Government Association of Tasmania is an incorporated body under the Local Government Act 1993. It is owned, managed and governed by councils and is the peak body of local government in Tasmania.
The Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) was founded in 1992 as the single peak body representing local government in the NT. It succeeded two seperate organisations, the Local Government Association and the Community Government Association.
The Local Government Association of Queensland Inc. formed in 1896 to give local government a united voice. The association is the peak body representing local government in its dealings with other governments, unions, business and the community.
The WA Local Government Association was launched on December 6, 2001, as the new voice of local government in Western Australia. The new association replaces the Western Australian Municipal Association, the Country Shire Council's Association, the Country Urban Council's Association and the Local Government Association (metropolitan councils).