ALGA News

Pres_Photo_for_ALGA_News

President's column

The opportunities and pressing need for constitutional change, and in particular local government's efforts towards constitutional recognition, have been top of mind this week as the Federal Government continues to consider whether amendments are needed to section 44 of the constitution in light of the double citizenship saga last year.

20180413_Lead1

Opportunity to include your projects in ALGA's Community Infrastructure Ideas Register

Does your council have a list of potential community infrastructure projects that need funding? In the next Federal election, ALGA will be advocating for the establishment of a Community Infrastructure Program with funding of $300 million per annum for four years.

20180413_Lead2

Regional Growth Fund applications close in two weeks

Councils have just two weeks left to apply for a portion of the Federal Government's $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund. On 2 March 2018 the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, announced the opening for initial applications to the fund.

Latest News

20180413_Brief1

More improvements on mobile coverage to come

Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, has announced the outcomes of the latest round of the Mobile Black Spot Program, which aims to improve mobile coverage across Australia. Optus, Telstra and Vodafone will receive $45.6 million in Commonwealth funding to build 102 new base stations under the 'priority locations' round of the program.

20180413_Brief2

New Federal taskforce to reduce impact of natural disasters

Following the recent floods, cyclones and fires that have greatly impacted communities across the country, the Federal Government has announced that it will establish a National Resilience Taskforce to reduce the impacts of natural disasters on the Australian community.

20180413_Brief3

Website provides guidelines on PFAS contamination response

The Australian Government has published a PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) website to serve as a central portal of authoritative information on PFAS. The PFAS website provides a range of guidance material that describes how government bodies and other responsible entities should respond to PFAS contamination.

$4m awarded for community projects in South Australia

The District Council of Kimba in South Australia has been named as one of the recipients of some $4 million for projects through new National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Programme grants. A total of 45 projects were awarded funding under the program.

Austroads calling for council comments on Temporary Traffic Management Practice guide

Austroads is continuing to develop the guide series for Temporary Traffic Management Practice in consultation with ALGA and various other industry stakeholders. This guide will sit alongside the Australian Standard AS1742.3 and provide comprehensive national guidance for all practitioners operating in Temporary Traffic Management.

Does your council play recorded music in public? Read this.

The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited (PPCA) has advised that it will increase tariff rates for all new licences and/or renewals from 1 July 2018. This increase is based on the movement in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last increase for each tariff and generally equates to around 1.9%.

20180413_Brief1

More improvements on mobile coverage to come

Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, has announced the outcomes of the latest round of the Mobile Black Spot Program, which aims to improve mobile coverage across Australia. Optus, Telstra and Vodafone will receive $45.6 million in Commonwealth funding to build 102 new base stations under the 'priority locations' round of the program.

20180413_Brief2

New Federal taskforce to reduce impact of natural disasters

Following the recent floods, cyclones and fires that have greatly impacted communities across the country, the Federal Government has announced that it will establish a National Resilience Taskforce to reduce the impacts of natural disasters on the Australian community.

20180413_Brief3

Website provides guidelines on PFAS contamination response

The Australian Government has published a PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) website to serve as a central portal of authoritative information on PFAS. The PFAS website provides a range of guidance material that describes how government bodies and other responsible entities should respond to PFAS contamination.

$4m awarded for community projects in South Australia

The District Council of Kimba in South Australia has been named as one of the recipients of some $4 million for projects through new National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Programme grants. A total of 45 projects were awarded funding under the program.

Austroads calling for council comments on Temporary Traffic Management Practice guide

Austroads is continuing to develop the guide series for Temporary Traffic Management Practice in consultation with ALGA and various other industry stakeholders. This guide will sit alongside the Australian Standard AS1742.3 and provide comprehensive national guidance for all practitioners operating in Temporary Traffic Management.

Does your council play recorded music in public? Read this.

The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited (PPCA) has advised that it will increase tariff rates for all new licences and/or renewals from 1 July 2018. This increase is based on the movement in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last increase for each tariff and generally equates to around 1.9%.

Advertisements

Local governments rely on successful and comprehensive engagement with other government bodies. FPL Advisory has distilled down our years of experience and current footprint and knowledge of State and Federal Government jurisdictions to bring the local government sector an affordable, scalable and effective modular system to build capacity and capability for government engagement.

 FPL Advisory's modular system of review, analysis, training and development includes:

  • Stakeholder Audit Module
  • Stakeholder Communications Collateral Analysis Module
  • Engagement Capacity Building Module
  • Stakeholder Engagement Planning and Support Module

This system provides an independent 'health check' to ensure you are in the best possible position to maximise your engagement with other government organisations. Each module is delivered at a fixed affordable cost as a means to secure advice and support from our experienced team.

For more information, visit our website or contact us at info@fpladvisory.com.au

This study tour to the Netherlands will look at the transport and land use system as a whole, with a focus on lessons that can be translated into the Australian context, at the local government level. Whilst it is impossible to ignore cycling in the Netherlands, this study tour takes a broader view, encompassing the full set of land transport modes.

3 Highlights

  1. Take a tour through recent streetscape enhancement projects on key Amsterdam streets - led by their head designer. Hear how these projects have improved active and public transport, as well as retail vitality.
  2. Visit the HQ of one of the world's most innovative rail operators. Learn about network development, innovations for optimising the user experience, managing peak demand, the future of ticketing pricing and technology.
  3. Sustainable transport integration in Greenfield sites - take a bike tour through innovative new suburbs.

Registrations close 4th May. Only 2 spots left. Register at https://sensibletransport.org.au/study-tour/

SBR-Enabled Regulatory Reporting Solution

FBT Time!

Take control of your reporting obligations

Online solution for direct FBT reporting & electronic filing

  • No software implementation
  • Automatic software and regulatory updates and upgrades
  • Integrates with all major accounting and payroll software for better work efficiency
  • CSV file upload available for Activity Statements, Taxable Payment  Annual Reports, TFN Declaration, Trial Balance, P&L ….
  • Amendment report’s lodgement capability for PAYG, TPAR, Activity Statement & Tax Returns
  • Tax Returns available from 2012 onwards and more….

Upcoming Releases include:

  • Single Touch Payroll

With reporting options including: Online form filling, CSV file Upload, and payrun back up files in XML, EMPDUBE…

  • Taxable Payment Annual Reports (Government sector)

We are currently analysing the demand and requirement from prospective tax payers for  TPAR - Government sector to be included on Enterprise packages, if you are considering this service, let us know.

P: 1300 65 25 90

E: info@govreports.com.au

W: www.govreports.com.au

 

Minimising Corruption, Fraud and Misconduct

There is an increasing spotlight on councils after several high profile incidents of corruption, fraud and misconduct. With councils overlooking a wide range of portfolios and responsibilities within the community, it can be difficult to find time, resources and processes to identify and minimise the impact of such behaviour.

Don't wait for the next incident to be at your council. The Minimising Corruption, Fraud & Misconduct conference to be held in Sydney in May will support your council to engage staff and leadership, develop prevention and detection strategies, and learn from councils who have experienced critical corruption incidents.

Topics to be explored

  • Trends in corruption, fraud and misconduct in local government
  • Changes to the Model Code of Conduct to improve misconduct management and governance
  • Outcomes from a NSW survey into local government fraud control
  • Strategies to gain leadership buy in and build an ethical workplace culture
  • Lessons learned and recommendations from progressive councils

Who will attend?

Directors, Managers, Coordinator and Public Officers with responsibilities for:

  • Fraud, Misconduct & Corruption
  • Governance
  • Risk
  • Internal Audit
  • Ethics
  • Assurance
  • Compliance

Register now to secure early bird rates!

For more information, visit the website or contact us at customercare@criterionconferences.com

National General Assembly of Local Government
Australia's Future Make It Local

17-20 June 2018 Canberra

THE LARGEST, most influential Local Government conference in Australia occurs just once a year.

The Australian Local Government Association's National General Assembly, held in Canberra, attracts representatives from all 537 councils across the states and territories.

The theme for the 2018 Conference is Australia's Future: Let's make it local.  It reflects Local Government's ability - and potential - to influence the political agenda for the upcoming federal election.

Early bird registration is now open! Also, take the opportunity to register for the National Regional Forum to engage in the most up to date and contemporary issues facing Australia's regions. This forum addresses all regions, including metro.

To view the NGA Program please click here.