Councils failing to act on biggest risks: report

Infrastructure, financial sustainability and health and safety are the greatest risks for local government, according to a new analysis that finds many councils are failing to adequately prepare.

Shout out to diggers through fortified alcohol management app

A free smartphone app designed to help current and ex-Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and veterans manage their drinking has been updated with new features, including being able to email an individual’s drinking history to a doctor or to themselves. ON TRACK with The Right Mix, (iTunes download ; Android download) which was originally launched […]

Opinion on impact of carbon price on procurement

By Ruth Bayley, CEO of Australian Association of Procurement and Contract Management The impact of the carbon price on prices paid for goods and services is a risk. Like any contract or procurement risk, it is helpful to decide, at strategy level, how to manage the risk and put in place appropriate contract clauses and […]

CSA unveils scholarship recipients

Chartered Secretaries Australia (CSA) announced on Thursday the winners of its inaugural public sector scholarship valued at $12,325. The peak professional body developed the national scholarship award to recognise the growing importance of governance and risk management practice within the public sector. The scholarship incorporated the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance. CSA chief executive […]

Facing up to risky business

By Craig Donaldson A recent Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) report into the NSW public sector found that councils face a wider range of corruption risks than state agencies but appear less likely to use the management controls important to sound corporate governance, making them more vulnerable to corruption. The report found that 58 per […]

Report criticises councils’ short-term financial focus

By Ju Yeon Jung A report into the Queensland local government financial sustainability has found a significant number of councils are routinely recording operating deficits without appropriate long-term asset management plans. The Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) released the two-year review, which analysed 109 local councils’ financial health, aiming to provide an overview of their current […]


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