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Building capacity for integrated spatial information management solutions

The Local Government Spatial Information Management Toolkit is a joint initiative of the Australian Local Government Association and ANZLIC — the Spatial Information Council.


The second edition of the Local Government Spatial Information Management Toolkit (the Toolkit) has been prepared on behalf of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and ANZLIC - the Spatial Information Council - to assist local governments find, get hold of, visualise and manage their data and information. Its preparation has been funded by a grant from the Australian Government under the Working Together to Manage Emergencies initiative administered by Emergency Management Australia.

The main objective of the Toolkit is to help build capacity of local government staff to use and manage spatial information effectively. The Toolkit will facilitate flows of spatial data and information within and between councils, with other levels of government and ultimately the community all governments serve. The Toolkit can be used as a text book a teaching aid or as a series of stand-alone modules.

The Toolkit has two principal components:

  • Concise Guide for Technical Managers
    The Concise Guide provides an introduction to the full Toolkit, and includes three business cases from councils around Australia. Each local government case study presents an overview of business drivers for and benefits of the use of spatial information technologies from a local government perspective.
  • Technical Modules
    The how-to-guide comprises ten modules. Each module is a stand-alone document and can be read independently. The modules together form an excellent spatial information management manual for use in local government.

When dealing with capacity building and the issue of data and information management in local government, there cannot be a one-size-fits-all product. The Toolkit has been designed with this in mind and provides signposts for all councils, irrespective of their current capability, to move forward. It is also important to recognise that each state or territory may have its own spatial data and information management procedures, including governance guidelines and protocols.


The Local Government Spatial; Information Management Toolkit (the 'Toolkit') Project was undertaken as a joint initiative by ALGA and ANZLIC. The Toolkit is part of a strategy aimed at building capacity in local government to implement integrated spatial information management solutions.

The first edition of the Toolkit was developed and released successfully in 2004 and was primarily aimed at assisting local government technical staff, senior managers and councillors to obtain full value from investment in collection, management and use of data in support of the provision of local government services.

The second edition of the Toolkit will support the ongoing role of local government and its use of spatial information, including its important role in emergency management. The updated Toolkit builds on the strengths of the first edition and specifically:

  • updates technical content to reflect recent technical innovations and current policy initiatives at national, state and regional levels
  • introduces new material to demonstrate business drivers for the uptake of spatial technologies.

Throughout the development of the Toolkit, effort has been made to provide generic material that will assist local government throughout Australia. It is acknowledged that each state or territory may have its own data and information management procedures, including governance guidelines and protocols. Users of this Toolkit are urged to contact their respective ANZLIC state or territory representatives to ensure that they obtain the latest information related to data standards, collection procedures and other information related to protocols.


Technical Modules

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