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 […]

Carillion fallout gathers pace – ‘end the outsourcing racket’

  The public sector should provide public services, says UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. “We will rewrite the rules to give the public back control of their services,” he has said, in the wake of the high-profile failure of services and construction company Carillion, which has billions of pounds in government contracts. “Theresa May has […]

Sydney and Melbourne should be ‘polycentric cities’

As the population of Australia’s two largest cities push towards the 5 million mark, increasing attention is being paid to urban sprawl and the need for people to live closer to where they work. Many people in Australia say that Australia’s two megacities are getting too big, but they are minnows on the world scale. […]

NSW local government management under new performance scrutiny

Benchmarking council performance can be a long and expensive task that sometimes produces questionable results, however New South Wales local government managers have now teamed up to create an innovative research tool that is as affordable and effective.

NICTA called-in to plumb depths at Sydney Water

By Julian Bajkowski Top boffins at Australia’s government-funded information technology research and development lab, NICTA, have been called in to help fix notoriously leaky plumbing at state owned utility, Sydney Water. A statement released by the two organisations says that under a new agreement, NICTA’s machine learning capabilities will be applied to try and predict […]

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