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New retrospective Queensland law validates council rates

A law has been introduced in the Queensland Parliament which retrospectively validates council rates that may have been improperly issued. The new Local Government Legislation (Validation of Rates and Charges) Amendment Bill 2018 has been formulated as a response to a Queensland Supreme Court ruling in November 2017. That ruling, known as the Linville case, […]

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Government indecision a risk to social housing

Australia’s banks have invested around $1.5 billion in social and community housing providers, but new research reveals there are significant barriers to expanding these ‘social impact’ investments. The report, ‘Understanding opportunities for social impact investment in the development of affordable housing’, was undertaken by researchers from RMIT University and Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. […]

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Australia becoming more corrupt, shows international index

Australia rates comparatively well on international corruption scales, but it is getting worse. The annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) from Transparency International rates 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people. It uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and […]

timothy pilgrim

Data notification law starts today – as Privacy Commissioner says goodbye

The world is very different now, but many of us don’t know it. From 22 February 2018 Australia has a new Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) regimen. Under the laws, passed in 2017 as the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act, companies and government agencies have to tell people  if lost or stolen data “is likely […]

Dean Lacheca

Scaling digital government – up, across and out

Government agencies are looking to become leaner and more efficient. But sometimes bigger can be better. Scaling government services delivery makes sense if government collaborates and digital is used effectively. The social and economic benefits to society of government’s investment in digital solutions increases significantly when delivered at scale. To do this effectively means scaling […]

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States leading the way on energy storage

Australia’s states, and in particular South Australia, are leading a battery and energy storage boom which will transform the way energy is used and distributed in Australia. The Climate Council has released a new report on the technology: ‘Fully Charged: Renewals and Storage Powering Australia’. The report says Australia is on the cusp of an […]

How councils can get a handle on their service delivery

How councils can get a handle on their service delivery

The NSW Auditor-General’s recent report on service delivery reporting by the state’s Local Governmnet Authorities showed that most of them should be investing in more accurate and comprehensive analysis of how well they are delivering their services. The report said it is no longer good enough to look only at high level council financial and […]

NSW to get its own Productivity Commission

NSW to get its own Productivity Commission

NSW will establish its own state-based Productivity Commission to “drive micro-economic reform and tackle burdensome regulation.” The plan was announced by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, who said the Commission will aim to expand the state’s economic prosperity. “We have laid the foundations for reform with our state-building infrastructure agenda, but now it’s time for a […]

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Adelaide expands GigCity fibre network

GigCity Adelaide has announced a major expansion of its 1 Gigabit/sec fibre optic network. There will be 16 additional innovation precincts added to the $7.6 million network. The new precincts are located across Adelaide’s metropolitan area, including seven in the north, six in the CBD and one each in the west and south of Adelaide. […]

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Tumbarumba amalgamation protests intensify

They’re mad as hell down Tumbarumba way. The Snowy Mountains town best known for John O’Brien’s wonderful poem ‘Up at Tumba-bloody-rumba shootin’ kanga-bloody-roos’ has become the touchstone for renewed opposition to the NSW Government’s disastrous forced council amalgamation strategy. In May 2016 the local council was merged with neighbouring Tumut Shure to form Snowy Valleys […]

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International Energy Agency gives Australia low marks for energy policy

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its first detailed analysis of Australian energy market in five years. It is not complimentary. Australia’s energy policy, it says, is uncoordinated and falling behind the rest of the world on many measures. The IEA is not given to overstatement. It is an OECD agency established in 1974 […]

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Opinion – Murray Darling debacle shows the failure of federalism

The current standoff over water allocations in the Murray Darlin Basin is as good an example as you could ever find of how Australia’s federal system is broken. The Murray Darling Basin Plan was supposed to be the epitome of how Australia’s states and territories could work with each other and the Federal Government for […]

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Operation Belcarra claims Queensland electoral commissioner

Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) head Walter van der Merwe has resigned, two days after being suspended for allegations of serious misconduct. Current ECQ Assistant Electoral Commissioner Dermot Tiernan will be Acting Electoral Commissioner. In a short statement, Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said Mr van der Merwe “has delivered his resignation to the Governor this […]

adrian renouf

New public sector training academy launches in Australia

Management consultancy PPB Advisory will next week launch the Australasian Transformation Academy (ATA), a new venture which it says will help government agencies “transform how public services are delivered.” The ATA is a joint initiative of PPB Advisory and the UK based Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA), a social enterprise that has designed and delivered […]

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