As the peak body representing local government in Australia, ALGA makes numerous submissions and presentations to a broad range of organisations and bodies. These include:
- Parliamentary committees conducting inquiries of interest and relevance to local government
- National organisations conducting inquiries and studies, such as the Productivity Commission
- Political parties and individual parliamentarians
- The Australian Government, its ministers, departments and agencies
- International bodies and agencies
These submissions advance the interests of local government and address issues of concern to councils and the communities they collectively serve.
Local government has a keen interest in matters affecting the public sector, both because it is a public sector employer in its own right (employing around 172,000 or around 10 per cent, of Austrlia's total public sector) and because it is a key stakeholder in the decisions taken by each of the other two levels of government in Austrlia.
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is pleased to present this submission for consideration in the preparation of the 2009/2010 Federal Budget.
ALGA has made a submission to the House of Representatives Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee which is examining the effectiveness of legislation administering the conduct of referendums. The submission draws on recent social research commissioned by ALGA and outlines experience gained in pursuing recognition of local government.
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) appreciates the opportunity to make a submission to the Committee's Inquiry into the impact of the Global Financial Crisis on regional Australia.
ALGA wishes to acknowledge from the outset that this submission should be read in conjunction with any other submissions received from either state and territory based local government associations or individual councils.
ALGA understands that specific matters relating to individual airports, services and programs will be the subject of separate submissions by individual councils and State and Territory Local Government Associations.
ALGA wishes to bring to the attention of the Committee, in general terms, a number of issues relevant to the current review. We understand that specific matters relating to individual jurisdictions will be the subject of separate submissions by individual councils and State and Territory Local Government Associations.