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  • The life expectancy at birth for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in 2015-2017 was 71.6 years for men and 75.6 years for women, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  “However, life expectancy within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population varied considerably, with the lowest life expectancy experienced by+

  • The Senate Select Committee into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia this week released its final report, highlighting the already significant health and economic impacts of rising obesity levels upon Australia’s community. A wide-range of stakeholders made submissions to the Committee’s inquiry or appeared at its public hearings to urge for targeted health interventions, broad education+

  • The EU is funding smart-parking projects for disabled people to ensure this group also benefits from digitalisation. Parking is a nightmare, but then you see a space. And realize–it’s for the disabled! Would you still park there? Hopefully not. But it seems there are many people who don’t think about those who really need those+

  • The Chair of the PFAS Sub-Committee of the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Mr Andrew Laming MP, has tabled the report on the Committee’s inquiry into management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases. The Committee’s report makes 9 recommendations with a focus on improving the Government’s response to the+

  • The flagship national domestic and family violence and sexual assault counselling, information and support service, 1800RESPECT, will receive $10.9 million in additional Australian Government funding to meet ongoing demand. The funding was announced by the Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry and Assistant Minister for+

  • There’s a great deal of support available to people in drought-affected regions, but it can be hard to stay across all of the assistance that is on offer at the national, state and local level. The Federal Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) has developed a communication pack to highlight the broad range of support available+

  • The lack of affordable rental properties and affordable home ownership is causing significant social and economic impacts in Australia’s cities and regions. Homelessness and housing stress can profoundly affect the mental and physical health of individuals and families, as well as impact on their education and employment opportunities and their ability to participate fully in+

  • The Federal Government has pledged to invest $26 million to boost aerial firefighting capabilities across Australia, support a new national fire rating program and extend funding for a community alert system. The funding will help support Australians confronting the challenges of natural hazards and reduce the impact they have on communities and the economy. The+

  • Minister for Regional Services, Senator Bridget McKenzie, has tabled the report of the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review, which makes a series of recommendations to improve telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote Australia. The report 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review: Getting it right out there puts forward 10 recommendations to: improve access to telecommunications infrastructure, ensure modern and+

  • The nation’s environment ministers will meet today at Parliament House in Canberra to review the proposed updated National Waste Policy and discuss other national environmental issues. I’m looking forward to attending in my official capacity as ALGA President and ensuring the issues important to our sector get some traction at this influential forum. In particular,+

  • SUNDAY 14 JUNE 2015, NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE CANBERRA This year’s Regional Cooperation and Development Forum will be held on Sunday 14 June at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. The Forum allows for  the sharing of ideas and opportunities through both a mix of academic and practitioner insights, as well as hearing the latest positions from+

  • 017 REGIONAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT FORUM 18 JUNE 2017 This year’s Regional Cooperation and Development Forum will be held on Sunday 18 June at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. The Forum allows for the sharing of ideas and opportunities through both a mix of academic and practitioner insights, and is the official venue for the+

  • DECLARATION AND MOTION The Local Government Constitutional Summit – A Special National General Assembly was held from 8 – 11 December 2008 in Melbourne. The purpose of the Summit was to discuss and reach a local government position on the constitutional recognition of local government. Delegates at the Summit voted unanimously on the final Declaration+

  • 21-24 JUNE 2009 NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE, CANBERRA The Handbook can be downloaded – click here. Resolutions of the 2009 National General Assembly of Local Government can be found here. RESPONSES RECEIVED TO 2009 RESOLUTIONS Letter from the Minister for Climate Change, the Hon Penny Wong MP (Resolution 1, 4) Response Letter from the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional+

  • NGA 2010 HANDBOOK Handbook SPEECHES AND PRESENTATIONS Kerry O’Brien Anthony Albanese George Williams Andrew Robb on behalf of Opposition leader Tony Abbott Bill Shorten Robert Ray Warren Truss Duncan Bremner RESOLUTIONS  2010 Resolutions – full document Responses received to 2010 Resolutions Letter from the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon Kate Lundy (Resolution 3) Response+

  • NGA 2011 HANDBOOK Handbook Speeches from the 2011 National General Assembly Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Simon Crean MP Shadow Minister for Local Government, Senator Barnaby Joyce Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy Media Release Presentations by speakers at the 2011 National General Assembly Duncan+

  • NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY National General Assembly (NGA) brings together hundreds of delegates from councils across Australia to debate issues of national significance to local government. It provides an opportunity for local councils to develop and express a united voice on core issues affecting their communities with access to influential decision-makers of the federal government, at+

  • RESOLUTIONS Motions that are carried at the National General Assembly become resolutions. These Resolutions are referred to the ALGA Board to inform future policy initiatives and for consideration in the development of future work programs. A copy of the Resolutions can be downloaded here. ALGA wrote to a number of Federal Ministers conveying to them the+

  • Motions that are carried at the National General Assembly become resolutions. These Resolutions are referred to the ALGA Board to inform future policy initiatives and for consideration in the development of future work programs. A copy of the Resolutions can be downloaded here. The Hon Andrew Robb MP The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP The Department of+

  • 2015 NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY DRAWS TO A CLOSE The Board and Secretariat of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) thank all delegates and their partners for being in Canberra from 14-17 June 2015 for the 21st National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA). It was a strong program that reflected the diverse role of local+

  • 2016 NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY DRAWS TO A CLOSE The Board and Secretariat of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) thank all delegates and their partners for being in Canberra from 19 – 22 June 2016 for the 22nd National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA). The outcomes of debate on motions will provide strong support+

  • ATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY (NGA) OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT 18-21 JUNE 2017 NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE, CANBERRA This year’s National General Assembly (NGA) of Local Government was held from 18 – 21 June at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. RESOLUTIONS Resolutions from the NGA can be accessed here. SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS Presentations from the NGA can be found here: Mayor+

  • NATIONAL LOCAL ROADS AND TRANSPORT CONGRESS 2009 Communiqué

  • 12 – 14 NOVEMBER 2014, TAMWORTH, NSW The National Local Roads and Transport Congress has always been, and continues to be, critical in influencing the Federal Government and Opposition on road and infrastructure policies. Our Congresses have a reputation for influencing significant change.  For example, the very first Congress resulted in the establishment of the+

  • 2015 NATIONAL LOCAL ROADS AND TRANSPORT CONGRESS 17 – 19 November in Ballarat, Victoria. The National Local Roads and Transport Congress has always been, and continues to be, critical in providing a platform to engage with the Federal Government and Opposition on road and infrastructure policies and initiatives. The Congresses have a reputation for influencing+

  • NATIONAL LOCAL ROADS AND TRANSPORT CONGRESS 9-11 NOVEMBER 2016 TOOWOOMBA QLD The Congress, themed Local Infrastructure, Developing Regions, focused on the value and importance of strong regional and local collaboration and how those connections contribute to Australia’s economic competitiveness. Below are speeches and highlights from the 2016 Congress. Please contact ALGA on 02 6122 9400+

  •   The 2017 National Local Roads and Transport Congress held in Albany confirmed for many how effectively local government is responding to tomorrow’s transport challenges. Below are speeches and highlights from the 2016 Congress. Please contact ALGA on 02 6122 9400 for more information. CONGRESS COMMUNIQUE To view the Congress Bulletin, please Click Here PRESENTATIONS+

  • NATIONAL LOCAL ROADS AND TRANSPORT CONGRESS 20-22 NOVEMBER 2018 ALICE SPRINGS, NT Local governments are responsible for some of the most critical transport assets in this country. Local roads and bridges connect individuals, communities and businesses and often provide connectivity between major freight routes. It is critical that this role be recognised and funded appropriately to+