VIC councils’ EV project; accommodation procurement; tax changes to AUSkey | ALGA News 13 December 2019

President's column

Road safety is a hot button issue at this time of year,  and on Tuesday I participated in the Deputy Prime Minister’s roundtable on Local Government and road safety, convened in Brisbane and also attended by the Assistant Minister for Road Safety, Scott Buchholz.  There were around 30 participants invited including the LGAQ, elected representatives+

55 VIC councils in Electric Vehicle study

Fifty five Victorian local councils are working on an Electric Vehicle charging stations network to get the necessary public infrastructure in place so local communities can benefit from an expected increase in zero-emissions vehicles as the models become cheaper and more available. Charging the Regions, led by the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, has examined optimal+

City of Sydney on why sustainable accommodation procurement matters

The City of Sydney is urging all three levels of government and businesses to join its effort to reduce the environmental consequences of travelling by preferencing accommodation providers that have a third-party performance rating. NABERS ratings are currently voluntary for hotels, meaning that government and corporate procurement will be essential to increase the number of+

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Tax Office changes for AUSkey and Manage ABN Connections

The Australian Taxation Office advises councils that AUSkey and Manage ABN Connections will be retired at the end of March 2020 and replaced by myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager. MyGovID is a new way to prove your identity online, whereby users confirm their identity once to access government online services. The Relationship Authorisation Manager is+

A very Council Christmas

We love seeing stories and social media posts about how local councils are celebrating the festive season around the country. Here are some of our favourites. Please tag us on social media so we can share what your council’s doing. Staff behind the Giving Tree at Griffith City Council (NSW) mark a decade of helping+

Multi-council collaboration yields new Sydney harbour walk

Six local governments, two Aboriginal land councils, and eight state and federal agencies have collaborated to help develop an 80km walk connecting Sydney’s Bondi Beach to Manly. The organisers of the Bondi to Manly walk, which was officially opened on 8 December, said the collaboration was “unprecedented” and involved linking all existing coastal and harbor-side+