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President's column

Having a place to call home is a fundamental human right, but unfortunately too many people in our communities find themselves without a roof over their head - often for reasons beyond their control.

It's Homelessness Week and we're reminded that homelessness is one of the most potent examples of disadvantage in the community, and one of the most important markers of social exclusion.

The statistics are alarming:

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First-of-its-kind report shines a spotlight on Australia's 'rough sleepers'

On Census night in 2016, around 8,200 Australians were 'sleeping rough' - living on the streets, sleeping in parks, squatting, staying in cars or living in improvised dwellings. For the first time, a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provides insights into this complex and vulnerable group in our society.

The report Sleeping rough: A profile of Specialist Homelessness Services clients, uses 4 years of Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) data

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Applications for Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme are now open

Communities across Australia are set to share in $22.5 million to improve local infrastructure and provide essential community equipment with applications now open for Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the program is aimed at funding projects that deliver social benefits.

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TAS councils making a difference in affordable housing

Tasmania is in the grip of a rental housing affordability crisis. What do local governments do to help? Rural areas in particular lack rental options.

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Regional Arts Fund - successful projects

More than $673,000 has been announced for 54 projects through the latest Regional Arts Fund Community Grants round. Funded projects will take place from 1 July 2018 across regional

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Melbourne councils composting food and organic waste to reduce landfill

Eight Melbourne councils are set to reduce the amount of food and organic waste they send to landfill, thanks to a new composting facility.

Government and Opposition respond to drought

Both the Government and Federal Opposition have made announcements in recent days to address the impact of the drought on rural communities. In addition to the earlier announced increase in payments through the Farm Household Allowance Scheme, Deputy PM Michael McCormack announced that funding for Roads to Recovery projects will be brought forward in towns in drought affected areas.

ALGA submission to 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review

In regional areas, the lack of access to reliable connectivity and the fact that transmission speeds and costs are higher than for the same service in the cities

More support for people with disability in the workplace

The Federal Government has announced an expanded list of independent assessors, who will be available to assess appropriate workplace adjustments for people with disability.

AAA says National Road Safety Strategy has taken wrong turn

New analysis by Australia's peak motoring body shows the ACT is the only state or territory set to meet its agreed 2020 road death reduction target.

$20 million Volunteer Grants round open

Community organisations across Australia are encouraged to apply for a share of $20 million in grants to support the work of their volunteers.

Join the national NAIDOC Committee

Are you interested in setting the direction for national NAIDOC Week celebrations? Do you have the skills, passion and networks to help us drive and grow the celebrations?

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TAS councils making a difference in affordable housing

Tasmania is in the grip of a rental housing affordability crisis. What do local governments do to help? Rural areas in particular lack rental options.

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Regional Arts Fund - successful projects

More than $673,000 has been announced for 54 projects through the latest Regional Arts Fund Community Grants round. Funded projects will take place from 1 July 2018 across regional

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Melbourne councils composting food and organic waste to reduce landfill

Eight Melbourne councils are set to reduce the amount of food and organic waste they send to landfill, thanks to a new composting facility.

Government and Opposition respond to drought

Both the Government and Federal Opposition have made announcements in recent days to address the impact of the drought on rural communities. In addition to the earlier announced increase in payments through the Farm Household Allowance Scheme, Deputy PM Michael McCormack announced that funding for Roads to Recovery projects will be brought forward in towns in drought affected areas.

ALGA submission to 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review

In regional areas, the lack of access to reliable connectivity and the fact that transmission speeds and costs are higher than for the same service in the cities

More support for people with disability in the workplace

The Federal Government has announced an expanded list of independent assessors, who will be available to assess appropriate workplace adjustments for people with disability.

AAA says National Road Safety Strategy has taken wrong turn

New analysis by Australia's peak motoring body shows the ACT is the only state or territory set to meet its agreed 2020 road death reduction target.

$20 million Volunteer Grants round open

Community organisations across Australia are encouraged to apply for a share of $20 million in grants to support the work of their volunteers.

Join the national NAIDOC Committee

Are you interested in setting the direction for national NAIDOC Week celebrations? Do you have the skills, passion and networks to help us drive and grow the celebrations?

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Dr Alison Taylor will deliver the Using Demographic Data to Enhance Decision-Making Masterclass to provide attendees with the skills to maximise the use of demographic data in their decision-making.

Attend to develop a deeper understanding of how to apply data it in a meaningful way to your decision-making. You will learn how to analyse demographic data to identify critical evidence and how to then interpret and present data to enable and influence effective decisions. 

Agenda highlights include:

  • Exploring the different types of decisions and the impact that evidence can play in the decision-making process
  • The how, what and when - getting the right demographic data to enable decision-making
  • Demonstrating how demographic data can contribute to better infrastructure and service delivery decisions

Book before 10 August to save $400 off your ticket - hurry, seats are limited!
Take a further $100 by using discount code CC*ALGA

See the full program: http://go.criterionconferences.com/7146-alga

National Local Roads and Transport Congress

20-22 November 2018
Alice Springs, NT

The Australian Local Government Association's National Local Roads and Transport Congress is only a few months away! This year we are lucky enough to hold the Congress in Alice Springs.

The theme for the 2018 Congress is Connecting Transport Networks Now and into the Future.  The key benefit of improved transport connectivity is its transformational effects - making cities and regions more accessible, more liveable and creating opportunities for economic development that could not otherwise exist.

Registration is open with limited spots left for the popular networking dinner at the Outback Quarry!

Register before 12 October to get the early bird rate.