Asset management: are we on the right road?

Our data suggests a quarter of NSW councils are yet to develop asset management systems that would help them respond to the roads infrastructure backlog, says Annalisa Haskell.

Governments aren’t businesses – but should act more like them, says Gartner

Government agencies will always have different priorities than commercial businesses, but they can learn a lot from them. So says Rick Howard, government research agenda manager with leading IT analyst group Gartner. He was speaking at the firm’s Data and Analytics Summit, held in Sydney on 26-27 February. “Public trust in institutions is at an […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Opinion – Australia’s jails a national disgrace

Australia’s states and territories are building more and more prisons, trying to outdo each other on law and order. Crime rates across Australia are falling , but incarceration rates have never been higher. So are the costs of locking up so many people. Australianj ails are becoming increasingly overcrowded, with many at breaking point. They […]

State action needed for real reporting reform

Last week the NSW Audit Office released its first performance audit into NSW Local Government covering council reporting on service delivery. The report said most councils need to do a better job. The findings come as no shock to sector professionals, who believe there needs to be a reduction in the overall reporting burdens on […]

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