Leadership needed on Sydney and Melbourne’s growth, says Infrastructure Australia

A new report from Infrastructure Australia is calling for the Federal Government to take leadership in securing the global competitiveness of Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. The report recommends that the Government establish a framework of incentives to improve the productivity, liveability and affordability of our largest cities. “Australia’s cities are the powerhouses […]

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 […]

Logan City Council in uproar as CEO sacked

Logan City Council has sacked its CEO Sharon Kelsey, who was appointed only in June 2017 after an intensive nationwide search. The council has refused to give any reasons for her termination, and Ms Kelsey herself has said she cannot comment for legal reasons. The Council meeting that decided on the move ended in uproar […]

Service NSW’s Anne Cosgrove – ‘Motivation is a two-way conversation’

Anne Cosgrove, Service NSW Service NSW is one of the flagship agencies in the digital transformation across government. In four years Service NSW has revolutionised the delivery of government services in NSW, changing the way that customers and government interact. Customers and businesses can now access over a thousand transaction types from 40 government agencies […]

Australians’ trust in government at an all-time low

The percentage of Australians who say they have trust in their governments has declined to 35 percent. The metric is contained in the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer, which measures public trust in four types of institution across 28 countries. The result in Australia comes despite the overall level of trust is government across all countries […]

Australia Day honours for local government

Local government identities around Australia have been honoured in this year’s Australia Day awards. Long serving Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Greg Hallam became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for significant service to local government administration, to natural disaster recovery efforts, and to people with disabilities. Mr Hallam has been CEO […]

Generation Y – Local Government Needs You

  Local government has an image problem – not enough young people rate the sector as a career choice. If we don’t find a way to make our workplaces more inspiring, there’s a real chance we won’t have enough people to run our cities in ten years’ time. There are fantastic careers in local government, […]

Water bills could double, warns Infrastructure Australia

Government agency Infrastructure Australia has warned that water bills for Australian households could double in real terms by 2040 unless a comprehensive water management strategy is implemented. The report, ‘Reforming Urban Water’, was released by Adrian Dwyer, Executive Director of Policy and Research at Infrastructure Australia. The report focuses on the provision of water for […]

States and cities sign up for electric vehicle fleets

Widespread public sector usage of electric vehicles (EVs) has moved a step closer after members of the Climate Action Roundtable signed an agreement to accelerate their implementation in government agencies. South Australia, Western Australia, the ACT, Adelaide and Hobart signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Electric Vehicle Council at a meeting in Adelaide on […]

Australian Government websites ‘underdelivering’

A new digital governance report on Australian government websites has found that many are significantly underdelivering. The report, commissioned by digital governance company Accessibility Center, found that sites like www.pm.gov.au and www.pmc.gov.au had serious issues with user experience, search engine optimisation, governance and compliance on almost every single page. The top scoring sites featured in […]

NSW councils underperforming on gender balance (and how to fix it)

NSW local government is performing well. In most areas. But it is lacking in its participation rate of females, particularly in management. This had potentially dangerous consequences for the future workforce capacity. Every private and public sector organisation should be asking itself whether its workforce is fit for the future. Many leaders are formulating more […]

Lack of money and knowledge hindering digital transformation

Limited working budgets and an unsuitable organisational culture are the biggest barriers to achieving digital transformation in the local government sector, says a new report. The report, from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and sponsored by software company Civica, is based on a survey of Australia and New Zealand Local Government Authorities. It was released […]

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