Councils aim cost shift broadside at National Commission of Audit

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has made a reinvigorated push stop the states and Canberra from dumping more service delivery functions on the doorsteps of councils without sufficient and ongoing funding. The peak body’s submission to the Abbott government’s National Commission of Audit, which is tasked with reviewing […]

Healthcare location trackers keep tabs on young and old

By Julian Bajkowski Healthcare providers in the public and private sectors are increasingly looking to fit controversial tracking devices to people as well as equipment in an effort to improve patient and public safety while also boosting the productivity and availability of costly hospital assets. According to the country manager for Allied Telesis Australia, Scott […]

Councils call for Commonwealth support in tackling kinder crisis

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been advised by local government in Victoria that her electorate of Lalor is one of the state’s most at-risk regions in the ‘kinder crisis’. The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has called on the Government to commit $600 million for Victorian kindergarten centres and ensure children have universal access to preschool before […]

Governments must act on childcare: MAV

By Staff Writer   A report prepared for the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has warned the future of child care is at a crossroads and governments must seize the opportunity to reform the core service delivery model.   MAV President Cr Bill McArthur said the collapse of ABC Learning had highlighted the need to […]


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