Response rate for National State of the Assets report rises to 83pc

Four hundred forty-five councils, or 83 percent of all local governments, have now provided data for the 2021 National State of the Assets (NSoA) Report.

This is an increase of 13 percentage points in the overall participation rate since 2014, and eight percentage points since 2018.

The Australian Local Government’s Association’s NSoA project has regularly reported the value, performance, and long-term infrastructure planning capability of local government.

Solid data provides a clear case to state, territory and federal governments on how investment in local government infrastructure will provide stronger communities, economies and efficient expenditure of public funds.

To ensure the highest possible participation rate for the 2021 report – which ALGA is preparing in partnership with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) – councils now have until Christmas to provide and/or update their data.

Councils in rural and remote areas of Australia remain a focus and are particularly encouraged to participate.

Besides providing a sound rationale and model for appropriate and targeted support to local government for consideration by other spheres of government, the NSoA project also:

  • Shows current service levels and what proportion of community infrastructure needs additional investment to be in good repair in line with community expectations;
  • Communicates local government’s level of asset management capability with respect to implementing Asset Management and Long-Term Financial Plans;
  • Demonstrates a need for additional infrastructure investment by reporting financial sustainability trends against nationally adopted indicators;
  • Provides a nationally consistent basis for ongoing measurement for infrastructure service levels and risk;
  • Provides decision support information for local government; and
  • Demonstrates a need for capacity building in the sector.

The data input effort is minimal as the data is aligned to source data and systems that are typically required for reporting purposes as at 30 June 2020.

To access the NSoA data collection form for your organisation please click here or navigate to:

For inquiries regarding the project email or phone 02 6122 9400.

Alternatively email or phone: 1300 416 745.