All things Australia

Our monthly round-up of everything you might have missed from LGIU’s support for local government in Australia.

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Our recent member briefings for Australia

Each week we bring you new briefings on key topics and reduce complex information to actionable insights.

🏠 Community Land Trusts: A new fix for the housing crisis

This is the second in a two-part series looking at the state of Australia’s housing and housing affordability. This member-only briefing introduces Community Land Trusts (CLTs) as a potential, viable long-term solution to the housing crisis – one that deals very directly with the issue of land and that local governments are well-placed to deliver on.

🚙 Planning for electric vehicles

Sales of electric vehicles (EV) have doubled in the past two years. This member-only short-read briefing looks at the role of Australian local government in supporting the EV transition.

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🏙️ It’s only a matter of time: Accessibility and the 15-minute city

This member-only briefing explores a common critique associated with the 15-minute city model. In its various iterations, from the 30-minute to the 15-minute, and even the 5-minute city, speed matters: but who does it serve? And how can its adoption engage the meaningful participation of all citizens?

Barriers to infill housing supply

This member-only briefing looks at the benefits of infill over greenfield development and explores the commonly held misconceptions and barriers to seeing a significant shift towards infill housing in Greater Melbourne.

Latest round-ups

Our round-up briefings are ideal for keeping up with the latest developments in key policy areas. This service is a core member benefit that saves you time and makes sure you’re always in the loop – find out more about LGIU membership benefits here.

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Notable practice round-up

🟢 Everyone can read about inspirational practice and innovation in all four of our LGIU’s core countries, with links to resources that can help you make it real where you are. Read here.

Think tank review

🟢 This month our international think tank review is open for everyone! We cover the latest findings from leading think tanks around the globe with insights that are critical for local government. Read here.

And Finally: Our weekly round-up

Want to make sure you never, ever miss a thing? Our And Finally newsletter on Fridays rounds up a week of insights, practical policy and thought leadership across our core countries and global coverage. Check your preferences and sign up for And Finally. 🟢 Open for everyone! 

Take a deep dive into our collections

Our hand-curated collections of LGIU resources bring you issues in depth and in context. Why not dive into our most recently crafted collections? From exclusive LGIU member content to our Global Local newsletters, plus articles which are free for anyone to read, our collections provides resources to support better policy and practice for your communities.

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Environmental governance

This collection showcases the wide range of LGIU work that covers all things environmental governance on a local level, including best environmental practice from local leaders around the world, the importance of community engagement, and adaptation and resilience strategies. Dive in right here.


This next climate collection tackles pollution, including air, waste and water. From exclusive LGIU member content to our Global Local newsletters, plus articles which are free for anyone to read, these collections provide resources to support better policy and practice for your communities. Get into the thick of it all right here.

Energy – powering local future

Last, but not least, this collection explores energy on a local level, including transitions in energy sources and powering future homes. It has plenty of key resources to offer for staff and councillors in public services that aspire to drive a sustainable energy transition in their areas. Read all about it here.

The council and the car

Local government is often responsible for the last mile and the first. This collection of LGIU resources looks at how councils can manage our relationship with the car and its possible alternatives. Explore the topic in more detail here.


A stronger democracy begins with democracy at the local level, to build on the networks and connections of civic life that matter to people. Local government is what brings together the strands, connects the threads and enables the things that we want to happen. It brings together growth and services and gives people a stake in their places. Explore here.

Cost of living

Around the globe, many economies are going through what is being dubbed a ‘cost of living crisis’. There are several factors that have contributed to stopping people’s income from stretching as far as before – and for some, that now means struggling to cover basic needs such as food, warmth and shelter.  Lessons we learn now can support low-income families in future. Explore the collection.

Something for everyone

At LGIU, we’re all about celebrating and showcasing the best of local government. Everyone can read, enjoy and share our open features and interviews. We also encourage anyone to reach out here if you’ve got an idea that you want us to cover or your own story to share with LGIU’s international community of local government.

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What the 2023 National General Assembly tells us about local government in Australia and beyond

Taking place over 4 days in June 2023, LGIU Australia was honoured to attend and contribute to the 29th National General Assembly with our CEO Jonathan-Carr West speaking on the first panel on the Future of Local Government. Read here


In conversation with Brett Luxford, Chief Executive of Mitchell Shire Council

Brett Luxford, Chief Executive of Mitchell Shire Council, discusses the opportunities and challenges facing their council and the wider sector. Read here.

Compulsory Councillor candidate training: Insights from Victoria

With local government elections in Victoria, Australia, set for October 2024, we spoke with Local Government Victoria to find out more about compulsory pre-candidate training, and the benefits for the local government sector. Read here.

Do you know a great councillor?

Nominate a real community champion for our Global Local Showcase. Our 2023 Cllr Awards will highlight locally elected office holders who have delivered for their communities. Find out more here.

Community sports facilities – a tale from Glen Eira

Increasingly, councils are tasked with balancing the health and wellbeing benefits of their community sports assets with a tougher financial outlook. In this article, Glen Eira City Council, Australia, shares how they’ve risen to the challenge while redeveloping an old swimming pool. Read here.

Don’t miss: 🚗 The council and the car

In our latest edition Global Local, we look at the role of councils in facilitating and improving transportation within their communities. Read here.

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Each week we bring you a deep dive into the issues with a new look at local solutions to global challenges. Our recent editions covered

🇦🇺 Spotlight on Australia

We recently cast a spotlight on Australian local government and their vital role in providing for their communities. Read here.

🌆 Tunaround cities 

We examined the towns and cities that have overcome periods of industrial or economic decline. Read here.

🐄 20-minute neighbourhoods in rural areas

Can the benefits of walkability and service accessibility be brought to rural areas? This edition explores the potential. Read here.

✈️ Tourism for heritage, sustainability and economic development

This newsletter looks at funding, regulating and developing local tourism to achieve key objectives for your communities. Read here.

💰 Local government finance

In this issue, we go beyond the bottom line with findings from LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre which examines and compares local government funding and finance systems. Read here.

LGIU@40 For the Future of Local Government

LGIU@40 launches a programme of work driven by our core belief in the vital role that local democratic institutions have in creating better places for us all.

Together with our members and the wider sector we will be establishing a set of new ideas about how local government could work better – could be enabled to work better – and how we can build the firm foundations we need to navigate a turbulent and uncertain future. Find out more and get involved. 

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