The National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA) is an important opportunity for you and your council to influence the national policy agenda.
To assist you to identify motions that address the theme of the 2021 NGA, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Secretariat has prepared this short discussion paper. You are encouraged to read all the sections of the paper but are not expected to respond to every question. Your motion/s can address one or more of the issues identified in the discussion paper.
Criteria for Motions
To be eligible for inclusion in the NGA Business Papers, and subsequent debate on the floor of the NGA, motions must meet the following criteria:
- Be relevant to the work of Local Government Nationally
- Not be focussed on a specific location or region – unless the project has national implications. You will be asked to justify why your motion has strategic importance and should be discussed at a national conference
- Be consistent with the themes of the NGA
- Complement or build on the policy objectives of your state and territory local government association
- Be submitted by a council which is a financial member of their state or territory local government association
- Propose a clear action and outcome i.e. call on the Australian Government to do something
- Not be advanced on behalf of external third parties that may seek to use the NGA to apply pressure to Board members, or to gain national political exposure for positions that are not directly relevant to the work of, or in the national interests of, local government.