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  • The Cities Division of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development is running a survey to get responses from people in local government who are interested in smart technologies. The questionnaire takes about 25 minutes to complete and is aimed at elected officials such as councillors and mayors, project officers, CEOs and CIOs. […]

  • The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is retiring its Can I fly there? app and urges people download an approved one made by Google spinoff, Wing Aviation. CASA will also allow industry and app developers to create their own apps within guidelines set by the authority. The authority’s other goals include an upgrade site that […]

  • The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors will in the next few months host a national summit on homelessness and housing affordability as they renew their efforts for an Australia-wide strategy to address the problem. Their decision follows a meeting this week in Brisbane between the lord mayors and Assistant Housing Minister Luke Howarth. “We […]

  • The Regional Australia Institute has released a new paper aimed at helping regional communities to attract and retain migrants from Australia’s cities or overseas, new arrivals on skilled working visas, or humanitarian grounds. Steps to Settlement Success: A Toolkit for Rural and Regional Communities is based on interviews with community champions of regional settlement in […]

  • A new Centre for Population has been created within the Commonwealth Department of Treasury to help all levels of government better understand population changes in cities, towns, regions, states and territories. The Centre was established on 1 July with a budget of $23.4 million to provide detailed advice and analysis on numerous population topics. It […]

  • Water security and reliability is again in the national headlines following the ABC TV Four Corners report into the Murray Darling Basin, and the Federal Government decision to wind up the Drought Task Force and fold it into the Department of Agriculture. ALGA has expressed its concerns to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet […]

  • Is there someone in your local government area you think deserves to be recognized for making their community a better place? If so, why not nominate them for the Australian of the Year Awards before 31 July? The awards are turning 60 in 2020, and organisers from the National Australia Day Council plan to celebrate […]

  • Women & Leadership Australia is inviting applicants before 13 September for funding to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s local government sector. The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as Presence and Presentation Skills, Leading Innovation […]

  • Organisers of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, which was to have been held in Sri Lanka in August, have cancelled it because of safety concerns following the Easter church bombings. The Forum will now be held in the first half of 2020 in Asia, but no date or location have yet been released. “We apologise […]

  • This year’s NAIDOC Week, which begins on Sunday 7 July, features activities including dance and cultural performances, panel discussions and yarning circles in local government areas across Australia. There are also online events, such as the Austlang national codeathon, in which libraries are teaming up to identify and tag these items in the Trove digital […]