Bushfires Royal Commission; hydrogen energy in regions; e-invoicing | ALGA News 21 February 2020

President's column

It’s my pleasure to announce the first round of guest speakers who will present at the 2020 National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra from 14-17 June. The largest gathering of local government in the country this year takes the theme Working Together for Our Communities. As this past summer has been tough for+

Bushfires Royal Commission to examine government coordination; zoning; building standards

The Royal Commission into the bushfires of summer 2019-20 will examine areas including the responsibilities and coordination between Australia’s three levels of government, and how they share resources. Formally known as the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, its Terms of Reference include land management, land-use planning, zoning and development approval including building standards,+

Hydrogen facilities could benefit councils in regional NSW, VIC

Hydrogen energy test facilities under construction in Canberra and regional Victoria that will examine whether natural gas networks can transition to hydrogen may have positive implications for regional councils as they seek to lower their emissions. These facilities, plus two hydrogen vehicles refueling stations, show local communities’ efforts. Last year, the Council of Australian Governments+

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Free bushfire building standard

Fire-affected councils will soon be able to use download a free document on buildings in bushfire-prone areas following an agreement between the Australian Government and Standards Australia. The two entities have agreed to jointly fund access to AS 3959:2018 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas until 30 June 2021. AS 3959 gives guidance to professionals+

ATO urges councils use e-invoicing

Did you know more than 60 percent of councils spend around 100 hours on processing invoices every month? Or that more than half of councils spend over $10,000 each month on this task? E-invoicing is a smarter and cheaper way to do invoicing, and Local Government needs to get involved because the way those transactions+